from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lightening and thundering; making a great stir.
- adj. In pathology, developing suddenly: as, fulminant plague.
In that fulminant eloquence he had recognised the cry which comes from a true human heart.
We also have the sadly familiar type described as the fulminant or, literally, 'lightning-stroke' variety.
The rank vocabulary of malice and hate, that noisome fringe of the history of opinion, has received many of its most fulminant terms from critics of Voltaire, along with some from Voltaire himself, who unwisely did not always refuse to follow an adversary's bad example.
This word comes from the Latin fulminare, 'to strike with lightning.'