Conniption meaning

kə-nĭp'shən
A fit of violent emotion, such as anger or panic.
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A fit of anger, hysteria, etc.; tantrum.
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(informal) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit.

When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption.

...threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street (Businessweek Oct.20, 2008)

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A fit of laughing; convulsion.

The joke was not that funny, but he went into conniptions laughing.

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Origin of conniption

  • Mock-Latin perhaps influenced by snip or snap
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Since 1833, from American English. Unknown origin, perhaps related to corruption or captious.
    From Wiktionary