One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.count noun ‘a horripilation of dread tingled down my spine’
- ‘She told him that this extreme exaltation had been described as manifesting itself through nineteen physical symptoms, including the shedding of tears, a tremor of the body, horripilation, perspiration, and a burning sensation.’
- ‘With this discharge - which occurs either as a humoral emission or a thermal one (horripilation, shivering) - pre-existing accruals of emotions are also eliminated.’
- ‘His physical body is being attacked by weakness of limbs, parchedness of throat, horripilation and hair standing on end.’
- ‘We are investigating ways to mimic horripilation using patterning techniques to create regions of ordered and disordered polymers.’
- ‘If all of this gives you horripilation, then I'd say you were atrabilious.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin horripilatio(n-), from Latin horrere ‘stand on end’ (see horrid) + pilus ‘hair’.
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