Frisson meaning

frē-sōɴ
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The definition of frisson is a sudden shiver of excitement or fear.

When you are at a party and your crush walks into the room and starts towards you to talk to you, the shiver of excitement and nerves you feel is an example of frisson.

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A brief sensation or feeling, as of excitement, fear, or pleasure, often accompanied by a shudder or shiver.
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A moment of intense excitement; a shudder.

The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.

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A sudden surge of excitement.

I felt a frisson just as they were about to announce the winner in my category.

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Whenever the villain's theme played in the movie I felt a sudden frisson down my back.

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Origin of frisson

  • French from Old French fricons pl. of fricon a trembling from Vulgar Latin frīctiō *frīctiōn- from Latin frīgēre to be cold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French frisson.

    From Wiktionary