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Sunday, November 09, 2008

horripilation

\haw-rip-uh-LEY-shuhn, ho-\ , noun;
1.
a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
Quotes:
He wondered if that was because they all were ready to leave, but as he surveyed the crowd, he began to feel something prickly and wonderful happening to his skin. Horripilation.
-- Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil, 2001
A wonderful desire and love impel men from distant regions to visit the holy spot, and the first sight of the Ka'abah causes awe and fear, horripilation and tears.
-- Richard Francis Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, 1874
Origin:
Horripilation shares a root with the word horror in the Latin verb horrēre meaning "to bristle." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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