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Examples of frisson in a Sentence
those two are still caught up in the giddy frisson of a new romance
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But there’s an unmistakable frisson of anxiety over Washington headlines underlying the new volatility roiling the market.
An extra frisson arises because most of the cash seems to have been spent on a digital-marketing firm linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political-research group that is in the news for misusing Facebook data.
Africa Without Walls Trade in the four-posters and clawfoot tubs for the frisson of fly tents and true wilderness.
So when the president agreed to attend last Saturday’s Gridiron and deliver remarks, a frisson of nervous anticipation shot through the group.
The piece brought with it pianist Jonathan Biss, with his usual frisson as a bonus.
That frisson of vulnerability is shared by the duo's daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose work in both film and music is synonymous with raw electricity.
For swearing to work, there has to be a frisson of taboo about it.
That’s a real style, one with a promise of intellectual frisson, a mode of political fashion of which Bannon was not the originator but only a momentary practitioner.
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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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Definition of frisson for English Language Learners
: a sudden strong feeling or emotion
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