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[pal-pi-tuh nt] /ˈpæl pɪ tənt/
affected or characterized by palpitation.
Origin of palpitant
1835-40; < Latin palpitant- (stem of palpitāns), present participle of palpitāre. See palpitate, -ant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Swooned the sound on the wide lagoons into palpitant silence.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • But love, real love, dewy and palpitant and tender, you do not know.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • I was palpitant with apprehension, as who similarly placed would not have been?

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The palpitant desire of all nature in the spring thrilled through his heart.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • He was hatless and coatless, and palpitant with the excitement of the sport.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Then there followed a palpitant moment while she held her breath and shut her eyes.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • She was so supple of form and so radiant of color, and so palpitant with timid joy.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
  • This was followed by a palpitant hugging, from the folds of which emerged vague, bubbling sounds.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • Into Piedmont swarmed the youth of all northern Italy, girt with sword and gun, palpitant for strife.

    Builders of United Italy Rupert Sargent Holland
  • So vital was the effect as one looked, that it seemed a palpitant personality of breath and soul.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
Word Origin and History for palpitant

1837, from French palpitant (early 16c.), from Latin palpitantem, present participle of palpitare "to move frequently and swiftly, tremble, throb," frequentative of palpare "to touch" (see feel (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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