One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To blast or strike, as with lightning; to afflict with paralysis or other sudden physical disorder. In extended use: to seize with sudden fear, amazement, etc.; to dumbfound, bewilder.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From classical Latin sīderāt- past participial stem of sīderārī to be planet-struck from sīder-, sīdus constellation, star.
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