Definition of frisson in English:

frisson

noun

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

    ‘a frisson of excitement’
    • ‘As I put my hand on the sunroom door I felt a sudden 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.’
    • ‘Do you ever have a frisson when you look back at your early work?’
    • ‘Talking about uncertainty is risky because the word itself may send a frisson of fear through many listeners.’
    • ‘In the early 1970s a frisson of excitement gripped our family home whenever West Ham football matches were shown on television.’
    • ‘The complete lack of a reply or even an acknowledgement sent a frisson of fear sharply through me.’
    • ‘There may always be a special frisson of excitement when you think of, talk to or see your friend.’
    • ‘But this was going way beyond the seedy frisson of virtual voyeurism.’
    • ‘But I still feel a frisson every time I hear the sound of car wheels on gravel.’
    • ‘He also felt that same frisson of excitement he used to feel before the intelligence forays he had participated in in Paris.’
    • ‘One local told me that she cannot now drive through Dornoch without feeling a frisson of fear.’
    • ‘That would provide the frisson of fear which might otherwise be lacking.’
    • ‘When Kamal made his entry to the accompaniment of drum-beats, a frisson of excitement shot through the crowds.’
    • ‘Any kid who ever created fantasies of demolition with their toy cars feels a frisson of delight at the very idea of robot combat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That said, it's a great show, mimicking its subject: vibrant, playful, yet betraying a frisson of menace.’
    • ‘This score may function passably within the context of the film, but outside it is meaningless, barely raising even a frisson of fear.’
    • ‘Without the frisson of danger, however, Brown's illusion was about as compelling as a languid afternoon spent bending spoons.’
    • ‘The game has an added frisson because of the opposition.’
    • ‘I always feel a slight frisson when I cross over to the south.’
    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

/frēˈsôn//friˈsɔn/