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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
During the best tracks on their forthcoming third album, Before the Applause (Modern Sky USA), Re-Tros condense the frisson of their past work into momentary bursts that fit neatly into a newfound Krautrock pulse.
Goons humor, typically British, was all about breaking the rules, which carried an extra frisson of pleasure for the heir to the throne.
His frustration with Twitter occasionally builds into a small, Italian-American frisson of rage, before De Niro decides to walk himself back.
Seekers of Presidential frisson cherish the synchronous deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, on July 4, 1826, a temporal thrill doubled by the date’s being the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
Anyone who’s halfway decent on Twitter lives in constant fear of saying something wrong, and the frisson of danger, the flirtation with getting fired, is both the peril and the promise of Twitter.
All of which is to say that to an ancient Greek the 2016 presidential election might well inspire a frisson of anxiety.
This gives the movie an extra frisson, adding to its portrait of a self-destructive woman.
Fortunately, broadband came to Italy and brought back a slight, but necessary, frisson to life abroad.
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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
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: 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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