frisson frisson

Definition(s):

  • (n) an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Turns out Susan is also stalking the boyfriend and--here's the sexual frisson--has slept with him only days ago.
  2. There's a ripple of excitement by the dairy goods, a frisson by the freezers, as word spreads: Bertie is here.
  3. It's easy enough to contemplate what it would feel like to rob a bank or steal a car; you might even summon a hint of the outlaw frisson that could make such crimes seem appealing.

News

  1. Bolt considers racing Glasgow Commonwealth Games

    By Mitch Phillips MOSCOW (Reuters) - Usain Bolt said he might make a first appearance at the Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow next year, as he seeks to add another title to the resume he embellished with his second world 100 meters gold on Sunday. Bolt's comment, when asked by reporters for his plans for the non-Olympic, non-world championship season, will send a frisson of excitement from ...
    on August 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Athletics-Bolt considers racing Glasgow Commonwealth Games

    By Mitch Phillips MOSCOW, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Usain Bolt said he might make a first appearance at the Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow next year, as he seeks to add another title to the resume he embellished with his second world 100 metres gold on Sunday. Bolt's comment, when asked by reporters for his plans for the non-Olympic, non-world championship season, will send a frisson of excitement ...
    on August 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

Quotes

  1. "That was where I first got the frisson of being in the same place," says Sheen, who along with Langella created the "Frost/Nixon" roles on a London stage, later reprising them in New York.
    on Nov 1, 2008 By: Michael Sheen Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "The hoopla around him losing his job gave the story some extra frisson," said Internet security expert Bruce Schneier, a co-author of Geer's. "He got fired because (at)stake wanted to be nice to their masters. But it's like the Christian...
    on Feb 15, 2004 By: Bruce Schneier Source: USA Today

  3. "There was a certain frisson of pride involved there," said historian Jack Granatstein. "I don't think it's significant in Canadian military history except insofar that it demonstrates that we are good snipers, after 25 years of assuming that...
    on May 3, 2010 By: Jack Granatstein Source: Globe and Mail

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