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[kuh-nip-shuh n] /kəˈnɪp ʃən/
Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Also called conniption fit.
Origin of conniption
1825-35, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for conniption fit


(often pl) (US & Canadian, slang) a fit of rage or tantrums
Word Origin
C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
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Word Origin and History for conniption fit



1833, American English, 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for conniption fit

conniption fit

noun phrase

A violent tantrum; hysterics; Catfit, duck-fit: Please don't throw a conniption fit over the news

[first form 1833+, second 1848+; origin unknown; the later term catnip fit is a stab at folk etymology]

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