Definition of apoplexy
1 medical a dated : stroke 5 The medical evidence showed conclusively that death was due to apoplexy. — Arthur Conan Doyleb : gross hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ pituitary apoplexy
2 : a state of intense and almost uncontrollable anger … he had irritated his superior into apoplexy … — Kevin Patterson … this latest attraction has sparked apoplexy among some environmentalists. — Jayne Clark
Examples of apoplexy in a Sentence
Her speech caused apoplexy among the audience members.
Recent Examples of apoplexy from the Web
In 1954, the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision threw Southern segregationists into political apoplexy.
This eccentric, irascible man would have caused occasional — perhaps regular — bouts of apoplexy in homeowners tying their dreams and finances to him.
Woe betide those with short necks, as they were considered to be at special risk for apoplexy (the term used for sudden seizure or stroke).
Kellyanne Conway will have to suffice as the Angie Dickinson token blonde and all-around fun gal, eclipsed in the public eye by Sean Spicer’s virtuoso performances of steampunk apoplexy as White House press secretary.
The mere, unprovoked mention of the potential of nuclear holocaust was enough to incite total apoplexy on Twitter.
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Origin and Etymology of apoplexy
Medical Definition of apoplexy
1dated : stroke In apoplexy or “stroke” … an artery in the brain either ruptures and bleeds or is blocked.—Morris Fishbein, The Modern Family Health Guide, 1959
2: copious hemorrhage into a cavity or into the substance of an organ abdominal apoplexy adrenal apoplexy
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