[ haw-rip-uh-ley-shuhn, ho- ]
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  1. a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose bumps.

Origin of horripilation

First recorded in 1650–60; from Late Latin horripilātiōn- (stem of horripilātiō ); see horripilate, -ion

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How to use horripilation in a sentence

  • 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
  • It seemed by its thorns to be in a state of perpetual horripilation, and by its roaming black antelopes to be rolling its eyes.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara | Somadeva Bhatta
  • 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) /

  1. a technical name for goose flesh

  2. the erection of any short bodily hairs

Origin of horripilation

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

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