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frisson

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noun fris·son \frē-ˈsōⁿ\

Simple Definition of frisson

  • : a sudden strong feeling or emotion

Full Definition of frisson

plural frissons play \-ˈsōⁿ(z)\

  1. :  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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