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Tuesday, January 18, 2000

frisson

\free-SOHN; Fr. free-SAWN\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
More likely, "frisson" is to be taken figuratively, referring to shivers that are the result of strong emotion.
-- Emile Talbot, Reading Nelligan, 2003
Yet Atwood will also use poetic techniques to demystify, as in “Women's Novels,” where she laments her inability to enjoy a “romantic frisson” that she cannot believe in.
-- Margaret Atwood, Afterword by Steven Heighton, “Afterword,” Murder in the Dark, 1997,
Origin:
Frisson entered English in 1770s from the French word for "shiver" or "shudder."
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