frisson


fris·son

noun \frē-ˈsōⁿ\

: a sudden strong feeling or emotion

plural frissons \-ˈsōⁿ(z)\

Full Definition of FRISSON

:  a brief moment of emotional excitement :  shudder, thrill <produce a genuine frisson of disquiet — Patricia Craig>

Examples of FRISSON

  1. <those two are still caught up in the giddy frisson of a new romance>

Origin of FRISSON

French, shiver, from Old French friçon, from Late Latin friction-, frictio, from Latin, literally, friction (taken in Late Latin as derivative of frigēre to be cold)
First Known Use: 1777

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