thriller

[thril-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that thrills.
2.
an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.

Origin:
1885–90; 1920–25 for def 2; thrill + -er1

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thriller (ˈθrɪlə)
 
n
1.  a book, film, play, etc, depicting crime, mystery, or espionage in an atmosphere of excitement and suspense
2.  a person or thing that thrills

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thriller definition


A suspenseful, sensational story or film: “Ken Follett writes best-selling spy thrillers.”

Note: In Great Britain, the word thriller is sometimes used for all mystery novels: “Martha Grimes, an American, writes British-style thrillers.”
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Example sentences
Had she been living today, she might have been any of the mystery or thriller
  writers who write a book a year.
Everybody now believes he or she can write the next highly acclaimed indie
  character study or the next blockbuster thriller.
But, as in a thriller, no sooner had the book's trajectory been established
  than it was reversed.
But then something unexpected happens, the kind of reversal you need in any
  effective thriller.
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