Definition of frisson in English:

frisson

Pronunciation /ˈfriːsã//ˈfrɪsɒn/

noun

  • A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill.

    ‘a frisson of excitement’
    • ‘This score may function passably within the context of the film, but outside it is meaningless, barely raising even a frisson of fear.’
    • ‘At exactly midday, the cannon is fired and a frisson of excitement runs through the small crowd of tourists gathered on the ramparts.’
    • ‘The game has an added frisson because of the opposition.’
    • ‘He also felt that same frisson of excitement he used to feel before the intelligence forays he had participated in in Paris.’
    • ‘The complete lack of a reply or even an acknowledgement sent a frisson of fear sharply through me.’
    • ‘That said, it's a great show, mimicking its subject: vibrant, playful, yet betraying a frisson of menace.’
    • ‘When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drum-beats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.’
    • ‘One local told me that she cannot now drive through Dornoch without feeling a frisson of fear.’
    • ‘Talking about uncertainty is risky because the word itself may send a frisson of fear through many listeners.’
    • ‘But this was going way beyond the seedy frisson of virtual voyeurism.’
    • ‘Without the frisson of danger, however, Brown's illusion was about as compelling as a languid afternoon spent bending spoons.’
    • ‘That would provide the frisson of fear which might otherwise be lacking.’
    • ‘I always feel a slight frisson when I cross over to the south.’
    • ‘But I still feel a frisson every time I hear the sound of car wheels on gravel.’
    • ‘While I don't think it had anything to do with the speed of my passage, it certainly adds a frisson to the ride in retrospect.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s a frisson of excitement gripped our family home whenever West Ham football matches were shown on television.’
    • ‘There may always be a special frisson of excitement when you think of, talk to or see your friend.’
    • ‘Do you ever have a frisson when you look back at your early work?’
    • ‘As I put my hand on the sunroom door I felt a sudden frisson of fear.’
    • ‘Any kid who ever created fantasies of demolition with their toy cars feels a frisson of delight at the very idea of robot combat.’
    tremor, wave, rush, surge, flash, stab, flush, tremble, quiver, shake, shaking, shakiness, shiver, chill, thrill, tingle, vibration, quaver, quake, shudder, palpitation, pulsation, throb, oscillation, fluctuation, waver, ripple, flicker
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Origin

Late 18th century: French, ‘a shiver or thrill’.

Pronunciation

frisson

/ˈfriːsã//ˈfrɪsɒn/