Definition of conniption in English:


Syllabification: con·nip·tion
Pronunciation: /kəˈnipSHən


North American informal
  • A fit of rage or hysterics: the casting choice gave the writers a conniption
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    • A simple phrase, ‘Could you maybe check who's at the door,’ or perhaps ‘Could you please pick up your dishes,’ would send her into conniptions.
    • It's not so bad when you're completing a single race or time trial but when you're halfway through 44 laps and you're fighting for top spot in the overall standings it's enough to give you conniptions.
    • While I contemplate my future employment, the vagaries of industrial action and the particular pleasures of friendship, this month's bag of hormones are giving me conniptions.


mid 19th century: probably an invented word.

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