Open main menu





horripilate +‎ -ed.



horripilated (comparative more horripilated, superlative most horripilated)

  1. Bristling with fear or horror; with fur or hair standing on end.
    • 2011, Domenic Marbaniang, “Rediscovery of Prayer”, in Beyond the Shadows and Other Essays, [USA]: Domenic Marbaniang, →ISBN, page 139:
      Fortitude of heart is the confidence and boldness of faith that is reverent but not horripilated, hopeful but not presumptuous, heroic but not ambitious.
    • 2004, T[homas] Coraghessan Boyle, chapter 9, in The Inner Circle, New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books, →ISBN:
      Looking back on it, I do have fond memories of that journey—Iris in a swimsuit and horripilated flesh perched over a lake barely clear of ice, the smell of the pine woods and the intoxicating smoke of our cookfires, []
    • 2005, Andrew Thomas Breslin, Mother’s Milk, Hoboken, N.J.: ENC Press, →ISBN, page 82:
      It took Cindy ten minutes to coax the horripilated feline from beneath a car, his trust in her utterly shattered. But his attention span being only marginally longer than the life span of certain theoretical subatomic particles, he soon could not remember what he was doing underneath a Volvo in the first place, and was eager to be back in the warmth of his human's arms.

Related termsEdit



  1. simple past tense and past participle of horripilate.