One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.
- ‘With this discharge - which occurs either as a humoral emission or a thermal one (horripilation, shivering) - pre-existing accruals of emotions are also eliminated.’
- ‘We are investigating ways to mimic horripilation using patterning techniques to create regions of ordered and disordered polymers.’
- ‘His physical body is being attacked by weakness of limbs, parchedness of throat, horripilation and hair standing on end.’
- ‘If all of this gives you horripilation, then I'd say you were atrabilious.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin horripilatio(n-), from Latin horrere ‘stand on end’ (see horrid) + pilus ‘hair’.
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