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
Antonyms
  • unavailable
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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