- 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.
Origin of frisson
Examples from the Web for frisson
You know, a novel comes not from a decision but a frisson, a sort of shiver that goes through you.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
If there was a frisson of drama, it came when Gingrich spoke after Romney was projected to win Delaware.The Great Primary Pretense
April 25, 2012
Further, united in positivity, the frisson within the judging panel has evaporated.The American Idol Implosion
April 12, 2011
The political risk of new books was replaced by the frisson of scandal.The Real Story of "O"
January 23, 2011
A frisson of breathless excitement rippled through the Twitter community last week as a mysterious new member made his debut.Karl Rove Is Following Me
January 16, 2009
These are the tapestries that grip the heart, that cause a frisson of joy to the beholder.The Tapestry Book
Helen Churchill Candee
No purely physical theory can interpret all the mystery of the frisson.Exotics and Retrospectives
And the appetite that drove her to ask for more, that was the only sauce–an appetite that was a frisson.
Her nourishment was ever the latest “frisson,” to use her own word.
I must have experiences, pictures, that frisson, as the French say.The Song of Songs
- a shudder or shiver; thrill
Word Origin and History for frisson
1777, from French frisson, literally "shiver, thrill" (12c.), from Latin frigere "to be cold" (see frigid).