Thrill doesn’t refer to any old type of excitement; this stuff is intense. For many people, the experience of riding a roller coaster provides a great thrill, or an intense feeling of excitement.

Thrill comes from an Old English word meaning “pierce,” suggesting the metaphor of being “pierced by emotion.” Thrill is often used in a strictly positive sense, though it can also refer to the unique combination of terror and pleasure that some people experience in certain situations — for example, when riding death-defying roller coasters or watching frightening flicks (often called thrillers).

Definitions of thrill
  1. noun
    something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
    “the thrills of space travel”
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    type of:
    excitation, excitement
    something that agitates and arouses
  2. noun
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    synonyms: chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, tingle
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    type of:
    fear, fearfulness, fright
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
  3. noun
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    synonyms: bang, boot, charge, flush, kick, rush
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    type of:
    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  4. verb
    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
    “The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow”
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    type of:
    excite, stimulate, stir
    stir feelings in
  5. verb
    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
    “he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine”
    synonyms: tickle, vibrate
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    type of:
    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  6. verb
    fill with sublime emotion
    “The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies”
    synonyms: beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, tickle pink
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    type of:
    elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  7. verb
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    synonyms: shiver, shudder, throb
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    type of:
    move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
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