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  1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tinglenoun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"


  1. frissonnoun

    A sudden surge of excitement.

    I felt a frisson just as they were about to announce the winner in my category.

  2. frissonnoun

    A shiver.

    Whenever the villain's theme played in the movie I felt a sudden frisson down my back.

  3. Etymology: From frisson.


  1. Frisson

    Frisson (UK: FREE-son, US: free-SOHN French: [fʁisɔ̃]; French for "shiver"), also known as aesthetic chills or psychogenic shivers, is a psychophysiological response to rewarding stimuli (including music, films, stories, and rituals) that often induces a pleasurable or otherwise positively-valenced affective state and transient paresthesia (skin tingling or chills), sometimes along with piloerection (goose bumps) and mydriasis (pupil dilation). The sensation commonly occurs as a mildly to moderately pleasurable emotional response to music with skin tingling; piloerection and pupil dilation not necessarily occurring in all cases.The psychological component (i.e., the pleasurable feeling) and physiological components (i.e., paresthesia, piloerection, and pupil dilation) of the response are mediated by the reward system and sympathetic nervous system, respectively. The stimuli that produce this response are specific to each individual. Frisson is of short duration, lasting only a few seconds. Typical stimuli include loud passages of music and passages—such as appoggiaturas and sudden modulation—that violate some level of musical expectation. While frisson is usually known for being evoked by experiences with music, the phenomenon can additionally be triggered with poetry, videos, beauty in nature or art, eloquent speeches, and the practice of science (mainly physics and mathematics). During a frisson, a sensation of chills or tingling is felt on the skin of the lower back, shoulders, neck, and/or arms. The sensation of chills is sometimes experienced as a series of 'waves' moving up the back in rapid succession and commonly described as "shivers up the spine." Hair follicles may also undergo piloerection.It has been shown that some experiencing musical frisson report reduced excitement when under administration of naloxone (an opioid receptor antagonist), suggesting musical frisson gives rise to endogenous opioid peptides similar to other pleasurable experiences. Frisson may be enhanced by the amplitude of the music and the temperature of the environment. Cool listening rooms and cinemas may enhance the experience.


  1. frisson

    Frisson is a sudden, passing sensation of excitement, a shudder of emotion that can be caused by stimuli such as a piece of dramatic music, an emotionally charged scene in a movie, or a thrilling moment in a story. It's often expressed as an overwhelming emotional response combined with goosebumps.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frisson in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frisson in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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