Definition of apoplexy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæpəpleksi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæpəpleksi//
[uncountable] (old-fashioned)
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the sudden loss of the ability to feel or move, normally caused by an injury in the brain synonym stroke (10) Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French apoplexie, from late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplēxia, from apoplēssein ‘disable by a stroke’.
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