Definition of frisson in US English:

frisson

noun

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

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

/friˈsɔn//frēˈsôn/