verb (used with object), transfixed or transfixt, transfixing.
to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.
to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.

1580–90; < Latin trānsfīxus (past participle of trānsfīgere to pierce through), equivalent to trāns- trans- + fīg(ere) to pierce + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix

transfixion [trans-fik-shuhn] , noun
untransfixed, adjective

1. fascinate, spellbind, engross, captivate, enthrall. Unabridged
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transfix (trænsˈfɪks)
vb , -fixes, -fixing, -fixed, -fixt
1.  to render motionless, esp with horror or shock
2.  to impale or fix with a sharp weapon or other device
3.  med to cut through (a limb or other organ), as in amputation
[C16: from Latin transfīgere to pierce through, from trans- + fīgere to thrust in]

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Word Origin & History

1590, "pierce through, impale," from M.Fr. transfixer, from L. transfixus "impaled," pp. of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix). Fig. sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1649.
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Example sentences
Apparently, they had merely to be in a room with her to be transfixed.
He gets transfixed by beeping, animated things but has almost no such toys.
If so, she is alone: the rest of the country is transfixed by the various
  scandals besetting her and her family.
We continue to be transfixed by the sight of our navel instead of looking
  around us at the wider world.
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