Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fit of anger or panic; conniption fit.
  • n. A fit of laughing; convulsion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An attack of hysteria; a fit of rage or vexation.
  • n. An attack of hysteria; a fit of rage or vexation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a display of bad temper

Etymologies

Mock Latin, perhaps influenced by snip or snap.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Since 1833, from American English. Unknown origin, perhaps related to corruption or captious. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Second-place winner Nada Bader, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Crestwood Middle School, met her downfall with the word "conniption" - a fit of rage, hysteria or alarm.

    Times Leader News

  • The question is who coined conniption and under what circumstances.

    OUPblog

  • For now, I trudge on, work hard, and think about all the things I have to get done by Monday without having some kind of conniption fit.

    Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

  • It is such a remarkably fierce-looking creature that it has received many names that are neither complimentary nor beautiful, such as conniption bug, alligator, and dragon, and numerous others equally expressive.

    The Insect Folk

  • She knows how to spell "conniption," too, and that's what earned the Charleston Middle School seventh-grader the title at the Regional Spelling Bee.

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  • The Times today reports that up in Snohomish County they have picked 5 spots most along 99 to allow developments with 18 stories; meanwhile down here in seattle we throw a conniption just getting 6 stories near a light rail subway stop in Roosevelt.

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  • I can deny any so-called "trolls" satisfaction by refusing to submit to their conniption fits.

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  • Here are five things to know before you saddle up for the premiere Wednesday, 10/9c, Bravo: 1. Extra-large cast: Yes, this season will boast 29 cheftestants, but before you have a conniption trying to remember all the names and faces, know that they all won't be around for long.

    Is Bigger Better? 5 Things to Know About Top Chef: Texas

  • And Pajamas Media is having a conniption fit … this is too good to be true!

    Think Progress » The overwhelming diversity of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference: one woman, one person of color.

  • This is the same idiot Ventura County bureaucracy that recently had a conniption fit because a hardware store was in the habit of putting out coffee and doughnuts for their early morning customers.

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  • ...the increasing noise of their own dissensions, or poor Jacqueline's conniptions...

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008