frisson

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Borrowed from French frisson.

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frisson (plural frissons)

  1. A sudden surge of excitement.
    I felt a frisson just as they were about to announce the winner in my category.
  2. A shiver, a thrill.
    Whenever the villain's theme played in the movie I felt a sudden frisson down my back.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin *frīctiō, from Latin frīgeō (to be cold). Unrelated to the Classical Latin frictiō, whence French friction.

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Noun[edit]

frisson m (plural frissons)

  1. A shiver or thrill of fright that can be strangely pleasurable, as when reading good horror fiction.
  2. An experience of intense excitement.

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