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fris·son

 (frē-sōN′)
n. pl. fris·sons (-sōNz′, -sōN′)
A moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.

[French, from Old French fricons, pl. of fricon, a trembling, from Vulgar Latin *frīctiō, *frīctiōn-, from Latin frīgēre, to be cold.]

frisson

(frisɔ̃)
n
a shudder or shiver; thrill
[C18 (but in common use only from C20): literally: shiver]

fris•son

(friˈsõʊ̃)

n.
a passing sensation of excitement; thrill.
[1770–80; < French: shiver, shudder, Old French friçons (pl.) < Late Latin frictiōnem, acc. of frictiō shiver (taken as derivative of frīgēre to be cold), Latin: massage, friction]

frisson

A French word meaning a shiver, used to mean a thrill or sensation of excitement or fear.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frisson - an almost pleasurable sensation of frightfrisson - an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
Translations

frisson

[ˈfriːsɒn] N [of horror, fear] → repelús m; [of excitement] → escalofrío m

frisson

[ˈfriːsɒn frisɔ̃] (literary) nfrisson m

frisson

n (= thrill)Schauer m
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