noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1833 a fit of rage, hysteria, or alarm <
went into conniptions

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  • conniption — ☆ conniption [kə nip′shən ] n. [arbitrary pseudo Latin coinage] [often pl.] Informal a fit of anger, hysteria, etc.; tantrum: also conniption fit …   English World dictionary

  • conniption — 1833, Amer.Eng., 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • conniption — noun /kəˈnɪp.ʃən/ a) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit. When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption. b) A fit of laughing; convulsion. ...threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street… …   Wiktionary

  • conniption — /keuh nip sheuhn/, n. Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger. Also called conniption fit. [1825 35, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • conniption — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. An angry outburst: fit2, huff, passion, tantrum, temper. Informal: conniption fit. See FEELINGS …   English dictionary for students

  • conniption — con|nip|tion [kəˈnıpʃən] n also con niption .fit AmE old fashioned [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably an invented word] a way of behaving which shows that you are very angry ▪ My mother threw a conniption fit when I didn t come home till two in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conniption — con|nip|tion [ kə nıpʃən ] or con niption ,fit noun AMERICAN INFORMAL someone who has or throws a conniption becomes very angry or upset about something and starts shouting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • conniption — n a fit of irritation, agitation. The geo graphical origin and derivation of the word is obscure (it is fairly common in Australian and North American speech) but it is most often heard among mid dle aged speakers …   Contemporary slang

  • conniption — n. hysterical fit, furious rage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conniption — [kə nɪpʃ(ə)n] noun N. Amer. informal a fit of rage or hysterics. Origin C19: prob. an invented word …   English new terms dictionary

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