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A.Word.A.Day--frisson

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This week's theme: terms from French.

frisson (free-SON) noun

A sudden, brief moment of excitement or fear; thrill, shudder.

[From French frisson (shiver), from Old French friçon, from Late Latin friction-, from Latin frictio (friction), from Latin frigere (to be cold).]

See more usage examples of frisson in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"I get to find small but interesting differences related to communication in Japan and the United States that still give me a pleasurable frisson of surprise."
Kate Elwood; Surprising Differences; The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo, Japan); Jan 24, 2005.

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