Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Latin, 17th century
Enraged to the point of fury
Relating to the causes of or denoting a stroke (apoplexy)
Likely to cause a stroke
Examples of Apoplectic in a sentence
"Dave was apoplectic when he realized I'd been stealing his lunches for the last two years."
"I was worried when I discovered that my new patient was prone to becoming apoplectic."
Popularity Over Time
One of entertainment's most endearing and long-enduring characters known for being apoplectic is Donald Duck. His signature reaction was to become so angry as to squawk unintelligibly, with his normally white-feathered face turning a deep shade of red.
Did you Know?
Most of those familiar with the word apoplectic recognize it as a word to describe a state of intense rage, but its roots come from a medical diagnosis based on likelihood of a stroke.