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Examples of frisson in a Sentence
those two are still caught up in the giddy frisson of a new romance
Recent Examples of frisson from the Web
The Bowery still had this frisson of being a scary place.
Or opt for the relative complexities of a Green Pie that conjures a garden of earthy delight, a peppery herbal kick of arugula pesto, the anise lilt of fresh basil and a counterpoint frisson of fried sage leaves.
Without him, the gathering will likely lose a frisson of drama.
Adding to the frisson is the fact that arguably the best soccer player on the planet right now is Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who so far has scored 40 goals in all competitions this season, but who at this time last year was playing for . . .
Looking for just the smallest frisson of spice, or none at all?
There aren’t many characters besides Chloé and the twins, which adds to the frisson late in the movie when the great Jacqueline Bisset makes her entrance.
Part of what makes this 25-mile lemon blossom–scented stretch of coastline so appealing is the slight, constant frisson of danger.
But there’s an unmistakable frisson of anxiety over Washington headlines underlying the new volatility roiling the market.
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frisson and Shiver
I feel a shiver that's not from the cold as the band and the crowd go charging through the final notes…. That frisson, that exultant moment.... That's how writer Robert W. Stock characterized the culmination of a big piece at a concert in 1982. His use of the word shiver is apt given that "frisson" comes from the French word for "shiver." "Frisson" traces to Old French friçon, which in turn derives from "frictio," Latin for friction. What does friction-normally a heat generator-have to do with thrills and chills? Nothing, actually. The association came about because "frictio" (which derives from Latin fricare, meaning "to rub") was once mistakenly taken to be a derivative of "frigēre," which means "to be cold."
FRISSON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frisson for English Language Learners
: a sudden strong feeling or emotion
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