thunderbolt, bolt, bolt of lightning(noun)
a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder
bombshell, thunderbolt, thunderclap(noun)
a shocking surprise
"news of the attack came like a bombshell"
A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.
An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.
A very powerful shot.
A belemnite, or thunderstone.
Origin: From thunder + bolt.
a shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth
something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness
vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination
a belemnite, or thunderstone
A thunderbolt is a symbolic representation of incidents of observed lightning when accompanied by a loud thunderclap. In its original usage the word may also have been a description of meteors, or, as Plato suggested in Timaeus, of the consequences of a close approach between two planetary cosmic bodies, though this is not currently the case. As a divine manifestation the thunderbolt has been a powerful symbol throughout history, and has appeared in many mythologies. Drawing from this powerful association, the thunderbolt is often found in military symbolism and semiotic representations of electricity.
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In heraldry, a bearing borrowed from classical mythology, which may be described as a twisted bar in pale inflamed at each end surmounting two jagged darts in saltire between two wings displayed with streams of fire.
The numerical value of thunderbolt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of thunderbolt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of thunderbolt in a Sentence
Handel understands effect better than any of us -- when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.
And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.
Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.
The flame from the angel's sword in the garden of Eden has been catalyzed into the atom bomb; God's thunderbolt became blunted, so man's thunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.
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- Donnerkeil, Blitzstrahl, Blitz mit DonnerschlagGerman
- رعد و برق, آذرخش, صاعقهPersian
- salamanisku, salamaFinnish
- coup de tonnerreFrench
- saetta, folgore, fulmine, lampoItalian
- 落雷, 雷Japanese
- уда́р мо́лнииRussian
- वज्र, नरकSanskrit
- పిడుగుపాటు, పిడుగుTelugu
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