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Noun: frisson  free'soÑ [N. Amer], 'free,soÑ or 'fri,són [Brit]
  1. An almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    "a frisson of surprise shot through him";
    - shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle

Derived forms: frissons

Type of: fear, fearfulness, fright

Encyclopedia: Frisson