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[kuh-nip-shuh n]
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  1. Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
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Origin of conniption

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; origin uncertain
Also called conniption fit.
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Related Words

annoyance, fury, exasperation, passion, displeasure, indignation, conniption, wrath, rage, huff, tantrum, fit, scene, blowup, outburst

British Dictionary definitions for conniption fit


  1. (often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums
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Word Origin

C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
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Word Origin and History for conniption fit



1833, American English, origin uncertain; perhaps related to corruption, which was used in a sense of "anger" from 1799, or from English dialectal canapshus "ill-tempered, captious," probably a corruption of captious.

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Idioms and Phrases with conniption fit


see have a fit (conniption).

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