con·​nip·​tion | \ kə-ˈnip-shən How to pronounce conniption (audio) \

Definition of conniption

: a fit of rage, hysteria, or alarm went into conniptions He had a conniption when his favorite TV program was preempted by a political speech.

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Recent Examples on the Web Music licensees can see some of that but are having conniptions at the possibilities that the decrees would eventually be sunsetted and licensing would then take place in a free market. Ed Christman, Billboard, "All Over the Map: Publishers, Writers, Small Towns & Apartment Owners Weigh In On Consent Decree Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 The issue might seem remote, amid the constant political conniptions that increasingly characterize the American news cycle, but an economic and military frontier on the moon and cislunar space is rapidly coming to the fore. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon," 13 June 2019 One last thing though: On Wednesday, the sports world was having conniptions about Casey winning Coach of the Year over the almighty Brad Stevens. Chris Chase, For The Win, "Dwane Casey and the 10 other best coaches to be fired," 11 May 2018 But plans to rename it after him were scrapped when people in the town nearly had a conniption. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Man Who Bought New York," 5 May 2018 Marie Greyhounds, the entire junior hockey establishment went into conniption fits. Charles P. Pierce,, "Humboldt Tragedy Hits Home for Hockey and Non-Hockey Families Alike," 9 Apr. 2018 After its sixth attempt, the Justice Department practically had a conniption fit. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Biometric hand scans and reinforced concrete: The history of the secret FISA court," 9 Feb. 2018 Words that would have caused our grandparents to have conniptions now pass without remark. Emma Byrne, Time, "The Absolute F-cking Best Swear Word For You," 23 Jan. 2018 The left has conniptions because a foreign official may spend a night at a hotel in which the Trump family has an interest. WSJ, "EPA Fund Recipients Side With the Agency," 28 July 2017

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1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Conniption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conniption

US, informal : behavior that shows that you are suddenly very angry, upset, etc.

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