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Pronunciation /hɒˌrɪpɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
mass noun literary
The erection of hairs on the skin due to cold, fear, or excitement.
count noun ‘a horripilation of dread tingled down my spine’

Mid 17th century from late Latin horripilatio(n-), from Latin horrere ‘stand on end’ (see horrid) + pilus ‘hair’.


You may imagine Fran’s horripilation at the prospect of standing on the narrow, icy balcony. In fact, you must imagine it. She’s wearing winter clothes.

I wonder what’s going on with that one lazy hair.

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