One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Our palpitant Editor was vaguely aware of some kind of sensation playing upon his arm but he was too excited to care.’
- ‘Union between the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches has been in a palpitant state of slow motion for six years.’
Mid 19th century: from French, present participle of palpiter, from Latin palpitare ‘continue to pat’.
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