from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror.
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- n. A sudden surge of excitement.
- n. A shiver.
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- n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
I think you can have male friends but the frisson is always there.
But what gives the novel its considerable frisson is the intrusion of Peter's impossibly seductive, much younger brother-in-law.
It's the casual conversation of people who know one another well, charged with the certain frisson of two men who have lately spent more time in one another's company than they would normally wish.
And I bet the death sentence can give a certain frisson to thrill-seeking girls.
Not knowing what to expect when you put on a new album delivers a certain frisson, but I think we can all recall times when the final result was a bit of a disappointment.
My only guess is that maybe the type of quasi-anonymous, quasi-engaged interaction enabled by remote video chat actually hits a psychological sweet spot of sorts: It’s intimate or proximate enough that you get the kind of visceral frisson from a hostile exchange, that fight-or-flight adrenal rush, that isn’t going to emerge in some Usenet debate on the relative merits of Windows, Linux, and OSX, however hairy the “holy war” gets.
I've been thinking about the tears of joy, that feeling of choking up, the chill up the back of the neck -- (called a frisson, by some) -- of sympathy and empathy for a few decades.
I've been thinking about the tears of joy, that feeling of choking up, the chill up the back of the neck (called a frisson, by some,) of sympathy and empathy for a few decades.
You ` re the sort of person that likes to be able to have some kind of frisson, some kind of friction.
For example, my ultimate 2005 moment of "frisson" was in Steven Spielberg's Munich; far away from his home and family, Eric Bana's Avner is in the midst of a phone call with his wife when he hears the voice of his young daughter for the first time, a barely decipherable, but simultaneously absolute "papa," and, like Avner, the tears were immediately pouring out of my ducts.