conniption

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Etymology[edit]

Since 1833, from American English. Unknown origin, probably a fanciful alternation of corruption etc., or maybe related to captious[1].

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  • IPA(key): /kəˈnɪp.ʃən/
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Noun[edit]

conniption (plural conniptions)

  1. (informal) A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit.
    Synonyms: tantrum; see also Thesaurus:tantrum
    When she came downstairs and saw what her children were eating, she had a conniption.
    • 2001, “My Plague”, in Iowa, performed by Slipknot:
      I'm in conniptions for the final act you came here for
    • 2008 October 20, Businessweek:
      [] threatened by the conniptions gripping Wall Street
  2. A fit of laughing; convulsion.
    The joke was not that funny, but he went into conniptions laughing.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “conniption”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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