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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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"How do you say 48 in Chinese?" " 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." Zheng's lessons also delved into Chinese geography, history, traditions, travel requirements and cultural faux pas, including some tips that might not necessarily come in handy on an ordinary ride.
His election has sent them over the top, into apocalyptic conniptions. Not only is President Trump "Hitler," "Mussolini," "racist," "fascist," "Nazi"--i.e., evil incarnate--as a wide swath of Trump critics insists, but he must be "resisted" by "all means possible," including violent riots and revolution, even assassination.
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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.
"We saw Mamie / with a boy just entering puberty--/ he hugged the dog while / Tippi Hedren underwent / frigid conniptions, hair / designed by Alexandre de Paris." "Frigid conniptions" manages to sound both fabulous and strictured--those four upright little i's--and thus of a piece with the anxious, attentive young WK we're asked to picture elsewhere: the boy who couldn't master a cursive Z, who "thought poop was / Satan."
True, it doesn't look a great deal different to the car that rolled into dealers in 2012 and gave Ford, Vauxhall and even Volkswagen a fit of the conniptions, but look a little closer and it has improved in myriad ways.
But there's only one Trump and his candidacy is causing conniptions on the part of Republican Party officials, particularly given his campaign's open hostility toward Latinos.
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