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frisson

[free-sohn; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃; French friˈsɔ̃/
noun, plural frissons
[free-sohnz; French free-sawn] /friˈsõʊ̃z; French friˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
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
1770-1780
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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British Dictionary definitions for frissons

frisson

/frisɔ̃/
noun
1.
a shudder or shiver; thrill
Word Origin
C18 (but in common use only from C20): literally: shiver
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Word Origin and History for frissons
frisson
1777, from Fr. frisson, lit. "shiver, thrill."
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