Sunday, November 09, 2008
horripilation noun [haw-rip-uh-LEY-shuhn, ho-] a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
Definitions for horripilation
- a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
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Citations for horripilation
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.
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.
Origin of horripilation
Horripilation shares a root with the word horror in the Latin verb horrēre meaning "to bristle." It entered English in the mid-1600s.