Definition of horripilation in English:

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Pronunciation: /hôˌripəˈlāSHən/
Pronunciation: /həˌripəˈlāSHən/


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



Pronunciation: /hôˈripəˌlāt/ Pronunciation: /hə-/
Example sentences
  • The tenth étude, marked Allegretto alla Barbaresca, is a thrilling and horripilating polonaise.
  • My neck hair horripilates and the blood goes to my face.
  • We move, with a horripilating grinding of gears.


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

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Syllabification: hor·rip·i·la·tion

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