Etymology
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frisson (n.)

"emotional thrill," 1777 (Walpole), from French frisson "fever, illness; shiver, thrill" (12c.), from Latin frigere "to be cold" (see frigid). Scant record of the word in English between Walpole's use and 1888.

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Definitions of frisson

frisson (n.)
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright;
a frisson of surprise shot through him
Synonyms: shiver / chill / quiver / shudder / thrill / tingle
From wordnet.princeton.edu