conniption

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Since 1833, from American English. Unknown origin, perhaps related to corruption or captious.

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conniption (plural conniptions)

  1. (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)
  2. A fit of laughing; convulsion.
    The joke was not that funny, but he went into conniptions laughing.

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