Definition of apoplectic in US English:



  • 1Overcome with anger; extremely indignant.

    ‘Mark was apoplectic with rage at the decision’
    • ‘Should we be apoplectic with rage or surprisingly delighted?’
    • ‘Bill is yellowed and crumpled, with a good line in apoplectic ranting and a hard-earned smoker's cough.’
    • ‘In direct contrast, the owner of another restaurant I recently reviewed phoned me on my mobile on a Sunday, apoplectic that I'd dared to point out some failings of his restaurant.’
    • ‘He's even courteous a lot of the time - at least when he's not apoplectic with rage - particularly to women, and he's passingly kind to the pet dog.’
    • ‘He had just received my check and was apoplectic with rage, declaring he never wanted to see or have anything to do with ‘that woman’ - meaning me - again.’
    • ‘His face was apoplectic with rage and was completely hot.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, their defenders in the media were practically apoplectic about the gall of non-experts using data they can't possibly understand in order to advance their own bizarre conspiracy theories.’
    • ‘Next day, I was apoplectic with rage when I saw that some moronic sub-editor had changed the reference to myself as feeling like Sancho Panza accompanying Don Quixote of Cervantes fame.’
    • ‘The comment by me which so upset Henry, and sent you into a foaming apoplectic raging rant, was in a column last September.’
    • ‘I don't know why it's not a election issue, and why we're not all standing behind the parents of these children, apoplectic with collective anger and calling for the Minister's head on a plate.’
    • ‘They've been helped by the fact that medical malpractice rates really are at record highs, and doctors are understandably apoplectic.’
    • ‘He tried to recant the terms of the contest, right then and there, and became apoplectic with rage when he discovered who it was who had duped him.’
    • ‘I was late, short-tempered and apoplectic with frustration.’
    • ‘They pulled out the generals to give endless press conferences on the insanity of such an ‘aggressive’ move, and the papers were apoplectic with criticism.’
    • ‘The announcers, meanwhile, are talking about how that is the ruling on the field and that it should stand, all while I'm apoplectic in my living room.’
    furious, enraged, overcome with anger, infuriated, in a temper, incensed, raging
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    1. 1.1dated Relating to or denoting apoplexy (stroke)
      ‘an apoplectic attack’
      • ‘I further wished him a happy Valentines Day and apoplectic attack with a smile.’
      • ‘They say the President died of an apoplectic stroke.’
      • ‘To make the situation more interesting, King Wenceslas IV had an apoplectic fit and died of a heart attack upon learning of the defenestration.’


Early 17th century: from French apoplectique or late Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplēktikos, from apoplēssein ‘disable by a stroke’.