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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. 2017.
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  • A palpitant couple, free of the waltz, came up the stair, and Jeffard rose to make way.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • I was palpitant with apprehension, as who similarly placed would not have been?

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • She was so supple of form and so radiant of color, and so palpitant with timid joy.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • The palpitant desire of all nature in the spring thrilled through his heart.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • Within she was palpitant with the strain and suspense of it all; but on Barney she held cool, appraising eyes.

  • He was hatless and coatless, and palpitant with the excitement of the sport.

    The Arrival of Jimpson Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But love, real love, dewy and palpitant and tender, you do not know.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • This was followed by a palpitant hugging, from the folds of which emerged vague, bubbling sounds.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • Then there followed a palpitant moment while she held her breath and shut her eyes.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Into Piedmont swarmed the youth of all northern Italy, girt with sword and gun, palpitant for strife.

    Builders of United Italy Rupert Sargent Holland
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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