shudder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shudder shake, as from cold "The children are shivering--turn on the heat!"
    • v shudder tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    • n shudder an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
    • n shudder an almost pleasurable sensation of fright "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shudder The act of shuddering, as with fear.
    • v. i Shudder To tremble or shake with fear, horrer, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake. "With shuddering horror pale.""The shuddering tennant of the frigid zone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shudder To shake; quiver; vibrate.
    • shudder Hence, in particular, to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fright, aversion, cold, etc.; shiver; quake.
    • shudder To have a tremulous or quivering appearance, as if from horror.
    • shudder Synonyms Quake, etc. See shiver.
    • n shudder A tremulous motion; a quiver; a vibration.
    • n shudder Specifically, a quick involuntary tremor or quiver of the body, as from fear, disgust, horror, or cold; a convulsive shiver.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Shudder shud′ėr to tremble from fear or horror
    • n Shudder a trembling from fear or horror
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Quotations

  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
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    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shoderen, schuderen,; akin to LG. schuddern, D. schudden, to shake, OS. skuddian, G. schaudern, to shudder, schütteln, to shake, schütten, to pour, to shed, OHG. scutten, scuten, to shake

Usage

In literature:

I myself shudder all over when I have to repeat it; it is not fit for the mouth of a woman.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Mrs. Ennis inwardly shuddered, but outwardly was gay.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Robert looked up and shuddered violently.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He shuddered as he took in the full import of the blasphemy.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
Its very memory, even now, makes my soul shudder, and my blood run cold.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
We are shuddering consciously at the things we hear and are mad to put a stop to, before they go further.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
She shuddered as she saw a spot of blood becoming larger and larger upon the linen bandages.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
A girl's shuddering, gasping scream.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Paul jerked his eyes away, and shuddered from head to foot.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He shuddered, gazing at the house, and murmuring now a prayer, and now a word of exorcism.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
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In poetry:

Soul—
Ah! yes, but to reach that home of light
I must pass through the fearful vale of night;
And my soul with alarm doth shuddering cry—
O angel, I tell thee, I dare not die!
"The Parting Soul And Her Guardian Angel" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
But as I wept and shuddered, a warm thrill
Smote on my sense. I raised my eyes, and lo!
The skies, so dim but now, were all aglow
With a new flush of tender rose and gold,
Opening fold on fold.
"After-Glow" by Susan Coolidge
It's this that makes sublime my day;
It's this that makes me struggle on.
Oh, let them mock my mortal clay,
My spirit's deathless as the dawn;
Oh, let them shudder as they look . . .
I'll be immortal in my Book.
"My Book" by Robert W Service
A traveller who has always heard
That on this journey he some day must go,
Yet shudders now, when at the fatal word
He starts upon the lonesome, dreary way.
The past, a page of joy and woe,—the future, none can say.
"Impressions" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Ah! his eye was too bright, and his cheek was too red,
And I gazed on the youth with a feeling of dread;
And again as he laughingly lifted the bowl,
I turned from the scene with a shuddering soul:
It was terrible seed!
"Wild Oats" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Frown not, I know her evil our womanly nature shuns,
Turns from, with shuddering horror; but now so low is her head
For God's sake, woman, remember your own little ones
Lying safely at home in their snow-white sheltered bed.
"Magdalena" by Marietta Holley

In news:

The watermelons should shudder in fear now that he's moving around again.
When I hear "pink slime," I can't help but shudder.
I shudder at the thought of buying any of my friends or family anything that requires any sort of technical support.
I shudder at the prospect of the media overkill if Bryce Harper ever dates a Kardashian.
Two weeks ago I was pulling my boat on Burnt Store Road when I came across a scene that made me shudder.
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Maine this evening sent shudders as far away as the Capital Region.
If you're under 30, or if you have kids, this chart should make you shudder.
We can hear you shuddering.
After a period of relative calm, European markets shuddered once again on Wednesday as protests erupted across Greece.
Slaying participant 'shuddered' when detectives arrived.
The creepiest movie to come down the pike since Seven is pretty much as effective a shudder-fest as you can get.
But lots of folks shudder when autumn approaches.
Many of today's unobtrusive photographers shudder at the thought of posing people for a family picture.
Are all the gay dudes just trying to act straight, and vice versa, until everything's backwards, or could the stereotypes be (shudder) wrong.
In recent months, people with Down syndrome and those who love and believe in them have shuddered at the advent of plans for expanded genetic prenatal testing.
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