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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
Space travel encapsulates a remarkable frisson between risk and safety.
Instead, Schiap created frisson through the unexpected displacement of the ordinary.
It's got subtle kick from garlic coupled with the implacable frisson of green herbs.
That frisson of wealth means that these shows serve up an addictive mix of aspiration and schadenfreude
There’s a sense of calm, all right, spiked with a tiny frisson of adventure.
There is a frisson to seeing Tetiaroa for the first time from the air.
But none could rival the frisson that shot through the crowd when Swedish competitor Malin Baryard Johnsson rode in on a horse sponsored by bargain retailer H&M.
And many young people in attendance reveled in the alt-right’s rebellious frisson of fascism.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of frisson
First Known Use: 1777See Words from the same year
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