Word of the Day – Conniption

By May 29, 2019 Word of the Day

Conniption (noun)


A fit of rage or hysterics.

Mid 19th century: probably an invented word.

Example sentences

“she was having conniptions on the phone, insisting she spoke to a manager.”

Word of the Day – Clandestine

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Clandestine (adj) klan-des-tine Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit. Mid 16th century from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam ‘secretly’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Cassareep

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Cassareep (noun) kas-a-reep A thick brown syrup made by boiling down the juice of grated cassava with sugar and spices, used as a flavouring for the West Indian dish pepper…

Word of the Day – Fracas

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Fracas (noun) fra-ka A noisy disturbance or quarrel. Early 18th century French, from fracasser, from Italian fracassare ‘make an uproar’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Shrapnel

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Shrapnel (noun) sh-rap-nel Fragments of a bomb, shell, or other object thrown out by an explosion. (British Informal) Small change Early 19th century named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), the…

Word of the Day – Porraceous

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Porraceous (adj) por-ay-shus Resembling a leek, especially leek-green in colour. Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Surflet (fl. 1600–1616), translator. From classical Latin porrāceus resembling a leek, leek-green…

Word of the Day – Cannonade

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Cannonade (noun) (archaic) can-on-ayd A period of continuous heavy gunfire. Mid 16th century from French, from Italian cannonata, from cannone (see cannon). (more…)

Word of the Day – Aspersion

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Aspersion (noun) as-pur-shun (usually aspersions) An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something. Late Middle English (denoting the sprinkling of water, especially at baptism): from Latin aspersio(n-),…

Word of the Day – Assignation

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Assignation (noun) as-ig-nay-shun An appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers. Late Middle English (in the senses ‘command, appointment to office, or allotment of revenue’): via…

Word of the Day – Percussive

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Percussive (adj) pur-kus-iv Relating to or produced by percussion. Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘give a blow to’): from Latin percuss- ‘struck forcibly’, from the verb percutere, from…

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