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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Definitions for conniption

  1. A fit of hysterical excitement or anger.

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Citations for conniption
"Wah!" says Stella-Rondo. I knew she'd cry. She had a conniption fit right there in the kitchen. Eudora Welty, "Why I Live at the P.O." The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
When they came home, everybody was having a conniption about a big giant fight in the village over who got whose share of their horrid meat. Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Origin of conniption
1825-1835
Conniption is actually an invented word. It first appeared in America in 1833 and may be related to the word corruption which was use in the sense of "anger" in the early 1800s.
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