Definition of conniption in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnɪpʃ(ə)n/


North American informal
A fit of rage or hysterics: his client was having conniptions on the phone
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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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