conniption

[ kuh-nip-shuh n ]
/ kəˈnɪp ʃən /

noun

Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.

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Also called conniption fit.

Origin of conniption

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for conniption

conniption
/ (kəˈnɪpʃən) /

noun

(often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums

Word Origin for conniption

C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
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Idioms and Phrases with conniption

conniption

see have a fit (conniption).

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