from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that thrills, especially a sensational or suspenseful book, story, play, or movie.
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- n. Something that thrills.
- n. A suspenseful, sensational genre of story, book, play or film.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something which thrills or affects with a tingling sensation of pleasure or, occasionally, pain; a shocker; specifically, a shilling shocker.
- n. One who thrills others; specifically, a writer of ‘thrillers’ or shilling shockers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie
Really, the term thriller is sort of given to anything that is a mystery or whatever.
Is the term thriller widely taken to mean plot-driven, as opposed to character-driven?
Miss Snark, Is the term thriller widely taken to mean plot-driven, as opposed to character-driven?
Regardless of the background, the thriller is the foreground.
The fact that it's a thriller is all the much better for me.
In Sins, the thriller is more to the forefront than in its predecessor.
It's a bit early to know exactly how supernatural this thriller is going to get, but "Dream House" smells faintly of "The Shining."
In Angelina Jolie's new spy thriller, is her Evelyn A. Salt really a brunette?
I am very tired of seeing this in thriller movies.
The world of the thriller is rigid, frozen, unchanging.
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