shudder


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shud·der

(shŭd'ĕr),
A convulsive or involuntary tremor.
[M.E. shodderen]

shudder

[ME. shuddren]
A temporary convulsive tremor resulting from fright, horror, or aversion.
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There was something so strange in these three words that everybody, except the king, shuddered.
I had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats; but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.
His hand closed upon the knife; he raised it, glanced at it, and let it fall, with a shudder. Then he sat up, pushing the body from him, and gazed at it, and then around him, confusedly.
Rokoff shuddered as the weird and terrible alarm fell upon his ears.
He remembered that the night before he had forgotten, for the first time in his life, to hide the fatal canvas, and was about to rush forward, when he drew back with a shudder.
The searchlight followed her, and a shudder ran through all who saw her, for lashed to the helm was a corpse, with drooping head, which swung horribly to and fro at each motion of the ship.
"Now I refrain from raising hand or voice to Porthos because his great heart is nigh to breaking if he so much as suspects that all is not well between him and me, and having struck him once some years ago never can I forget the shudder which passed through him when he saw it was I who had struck, and I shall strike him, ma'am, no more.
Lucille looked away from the Prince with a little shudder. He laughed softly, and drank his liqueur.
She had started with an irrepressible shudder, as if the stroke of the bell had fallen directly on her heart; then, recovering herself, while her attendants were yet in dismay, she took the lead, and paced calmly up the aisle.
Pinocchio, who until then had been very quiet, shuddered so hard that the bed shook.
'I thought it best,' said he, 'to call: One cannot settle things too soon.' Poor Peter shuddered in despair: His flowing locks he wildly tore: And very soon his yellow hair Was lying all about the floor.
You must have shuddered at that frightful sight in the reality, as I shuddered at it in the dream.