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n. Informal
A fit of violent emotion, such as anger or panic. Also called conniption fit.

[Mock Latin, perhaps influenced by snip or snap.]


(often plural) slang US and Canadian a fit of rage or tantrums
[C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage]


(kəˈnɪp ʃən)

Often, conniptions. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
[1825–35, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conniption - a display of bad temperconniption - a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"
bad temper, ill temper - a persisting angry mood


Informal. An angry outburst:
Informal: conniption fit.
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the price in euros of a ride from Rome's city center to the airport " one cabbie asked Haohao Zheng, a teacher who had the class in conniptions trying to get them to pronounce"xie xie" (thank you), explaining that the sound was similar to that made"by old women without any teeth.
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Whether or not it's bad luck superstitiously associated with crows, Siddaramaiah has since been having tough time defending allegations of having gone into conniptions over the bird.
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Now, CNN head, Jeff Zucker, who is Jewish, must know what happens to a minority when they are put on the spot after "the majority" are sent into conniptions over the actions of a member of a minority.
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As for me, I discovered long ago just how much of a hot potato talking about antisemitism was--about how even using the word can throw people into conniptions, make them defensive, and derail their thought processes; how discussions frequently turn into arguments that sound like one or more versions of what David Hirsh neatly describes as the Livingstone Formulation-- the so-called "use" of the charge of antisemitism as a way of rendering all criticism of Israel as taboo.
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