Definition of horripilation in English:


Pronunciation /hôˌripəˈlāSHən/ /hɔˌrɪpəˈleɪʃən/ /həˌripəˈlāSHən/ /həˌrɪpəˈleɪʃən/

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

    count noun ‘a horripilation of dread tingled down my spine’
    • ‘With this discharge - which occurs either as a humoral emission or a thermal one (horripilation, shivering) - pre-existing accruals of emotions are also eliminated.’
    • ‘We are investigating ways to mimic horripilation using patterning techniques to create regions of ordered and disordered polymers.’
    • ‘His physical body is being attacked by weakness of limbs, parchedness of throat, horripilation and hair standing on end.’
    • ‘If all of this gives you horripilation, then I'd say you were atrabilious.’
    • ‘She told him that this extreme exaltation had been described as manifesting itself through nineteen physical symptoms, including the shedding of tears, a tremor of the body, horripilation, perspiration, and a burning sensation.’


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