Definition of apoplectic in English:



  • 1Overcome with anger; extremely indignant.

    ‘Mark was apoplectic with rage at the decision’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should we be apoplectic with rage or surprisingly delighted?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was late, short-tempered and apoplectic with frustration.’
    • ‘Bill is yellowed and crumpled, with a good line in apoplectic ranting and a hard-earned smoker's cough.’
    • ‘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 pulled out the generals to give endless press conferences on the insanity of such an ‘aggressive’ move, and the papers were apoplectic with criticism.’
    • ‘They've been helped by the fact that medical malpractice rates really are at record highs, and doctors are understandably apoplectic.’
    • ‘The comment by me which so upset Henry, and sent you into a foaming apoplectic raging rant, was in a column last September.’
    • ‘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
    incandescent, wrathful, fuming, ranting, raving, seething, frenzied, in a frenzy, beside oneself, outraged, in high dudgeon
    mad, hopping mad, wild, livid, as cross as two sticks, boiling, aerated, with all guns blazing, foaming at the mouth, fit to be tied
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    1. 1.1dated Relating to or denoting apoplexy (stroke)
      ‘an apoplectic attack’
      • ‘They say the President died of an apoplectic stroke.’
      • ‘I further wished him a happy Valentines Day and apoplectic attack with a smile.’
      • ‘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 (see apoplexy).