[ haw-rip-uh-ley-shuh n, ho- ]
/ hɔˌrɪp əˈleɪ ʃən, hɒ- /


a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose bumps.

Origin of horripilation

First recorded in 1615–25, horripilation is from the Late Latin word horripilātiōn- (stem of horripilātiō). See horripilate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for horripilation

  • The boy who saved her, the boy with the jolly tongue in his head, humorous amid the “horripilation,” had addressed it as Dad.

    Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl|Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
  • But, suddenly, through all the horripilation there seemed to shine a light.

    Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl|Isabel Katherine Hornibrook

British Dictionary definitions for horripilation


/ (hɒˌrɪpɪˈleɪʃən) /

noun physiol

a technical name for goose flesh
the erection of any short bodily hairs

Word Origin for horripilation

C17: from Late Latin horripilātiō a bristling, from Latin horrēre to stand on end + pilus hair
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Medicine definitions for horripilation


[ hô-rĭp′ə-lāshən, hŏ- ]


The bristling of body hair, as from cold; goose bumps.
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