frisson

[free-sohn; French free-sawn]
noun, plural frissons [free-sohnz; French free-sawn] .
a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger.

Origin:
1770–80; < French: shiver, shudder, Old French friçons (plural) < Late Latin frictiōnem, accusative of frictiō shiver (taken as derivative of frīgēre to be cold), Latin: massage, friction

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frisson (frisɔ̃)
 
n
a shudder or shiver; thrill
 
[C18 (but in common use only from C20): literally: shiver]

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frisson
1777, from Fr. frisson, lit. "shiver, thrill."
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Example sentences
The variety is entertaining and always adds a degree of frisson.
There is a difference in that frisson one gets in being a little bad and being
  amoral.
The multicultural frisson is no more than a happy by-product.
My call was a freebie, and so was missing this essential frisson.
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