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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