Silver’s Word of the Week – APOPLECTIC

If it’s Friday – it’s Silver’s Word of the Week!

I decided that it would be fun to offer a different word each week with its meaning and use it in a couple of sentences to see if I could learn some new words to expand my vocabulary. Join me to see if we can incorporate some of these words into our everyday life!

This week’s word is:



Apoplectic is an adjective describing someone who has become furious or for someone to be overcome with anger. says:

Also, apoplectical

1.of or relating to apoplexy.

2.having or inclined to apoplexy.

3.intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy: an apoplectic rage.


4. a person having or predisposed to apoplexy.

The word origin is from 1605-15:

< Late Latin apoplēcticus < Greek apoplēktikós pertaining to a(paralytic) stroke,

equivalent to apóplēkt (os) struck down (verbid ofapoplḗssein) + -ikos -ic

Related forms are:

apoplectically, adverb

postapoplectic, adjective

pseudo apoplectic, adjective

Silver is apoplectic about all the snow they received in Colorado this year.

Using the word in some example sentences:

(These examples are not meant as political or moral commentary – just examples)

A huge majority of people were apoplectic because the Oscar Committee did not nominate any actors or actresses of color at this year’s award ceremony.

Many Republican leaders were apoplectic about Donald Tump’s lead in the recent polls.

The doctor admitted the woman’s death was caused by apoplexy.

Have YOU heard any interesting words lately?

See you next FRIDAY!

35 thoughts on “Silver’s Word of the Week – APOPLECTIC

  1. It’s an interesting word. Thanks for sharing its origins and related words. I used apoplexy in my new novel. It’s set in 1927. I’m at the editing stage now.

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      1. Yes. If I used apoplexy in a contemporary story it would seem archaic and totally wrong. I think I just got away with it because the story is in 1927.

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  2. Great post, Colleen. I had heard this one but it’s great to have it clarified. although after reading your article I am thinking apóplēkt sounds like a great name for a character, maybe a greek god of anger or something :). I’ll mull it over (and try not to get too apopleptic about it – haha). KL ❤

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  3. We did a similar thing in class yesterday, Colleen. As an exercise I asked the students to describe an emotion and what it meant. One student chose ‘rage’ . After a long rant about how rage made him feel he added” why are people so stupid?” From the back of the room came a sibilant whisper “Said God” The place erupted. Just thought I’d share that.Jx

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  4. I haven’t heard any good new words this week Colleen, but I’ve muttered some choice bad words most of the week, becoming rather apoplectic in the effort to keep them to myself instead of screaming them at the person causing them to be muttered in the first place. In fact, I’m getting apoplectic just thinking about it now, so I’d better go to the kitchen and cook something.

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      1. There are always things that could get worse Colleen, so I won’t utter those fateful words that are guaranteed to make it worse (it couldn’t get —–), but go with the present flow. If I would learn to keep my runaway mouth shut in the first place all would have been better in the second place. but this old dog just keeps on playing the same old tricks instead of learning new ones.
        At least I now have a huge pot of cheesy potato soup to share with the rest of the people in the county. 🙂

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          1. (Chuckling) Just being realistic Colleen, because I remember the fateful words that began the latest round of problems. I have a habit of opening mouth, inserting foot and then engaging brain, but you just can’t unring a bell. My Grammarly keeps correcting my grammar here, but I’m using Kentucky speak so that doesn’t fall under English rules. (more chuckling) Time for another bowl of soup now, followed by fresh fruit cocktail. Have a great weekend, dear friend. Hugs.

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