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[pal-pi-tuh nt]
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  1. affected or characterized by palpitation.
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Origin of palpitant

1835–40; < Latin palpitant- (stem of palpitāns), present participle of palpitāre. See palpitate, -ant
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Historical Examples

  • Swooned the sound on the wide lagoons into palpitant silence.


    William D. Howells

  • But love, real love, dewy and palpitant and tender, you do not know.

  • 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.

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

    The Arrival of Jimpson

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper