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Meaning of thunderbolt

thun•der•bolt

Pronunciation: (thun'dur-bōlt"), [key]
— n.
  1. a flash of lightning with the accompanying thunder.
  2. an imaginary bolt or dart conceived as the material destructive agent cast to earth in a flash of lightning: the thunderbolts of Jove.
  3. something very destructive, terrible, severe, sudden, or startling.
  4. a person who acts with fury or with sudden and irresistible force.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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