horripilation

[ haw-rip-uh-ley-shuhn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Mid 17th century; Latin

from Latin horrere ‘stand on end’ + pilus ‘hair’

Synonyms

  • cold creeps
  • cold shivers
  • creeps
  • goosebumps
  • goose pimples
  • gooseflesh
  • heebie-jeebies
  • willies

Definition

the erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement

Example

Horripilation crawled down my arms and spine when I jumped out of the freezing lake.

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