An example of apoplexy is when someone is non-responsive to verbal requests.
An example of apoplexy is when a woman is speechless when her husband infuriates her.
Origin of apoplexy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English poplexye, Late Latin poplexia, apoplexia, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληξία (apoplēxia), from ἀποπλήσσειν (apoplēssein) to cripple by a stroke; ἀπό (apo, “from”) + πλήσσειν (plēssein, “to strike”): compare with French apoplexie. See plague.