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[pawl-zeed] /ˈpɔl zid/
paralyzed; unable to move or control certain muscles.
Origin of palsied
1960-65; palsy1 + -ed3
Related forms
unpalsied, adjective


[pawl-zee] /ˈpɔl zi/
noun, plural palsies.
any of a variety of atonal muscular conditions characterized by tremors of the body parts, as the hands, arms, or legs, or of the entire body.
paralysis (def 1b).
verb (used with object), palsied, palsying.
to paralyze.
1250-1300; Middle English, variant of parlesie < Middle French paralisie < Latin paralysis paralysis
Related forms
palsylike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for palsied
  • And with that the shaman collapses onto the chill red dust, his limbs twitching and palsied.
  • Whatever part the whip has touched is thenceforth palsied.
  • Then one of them dropped out, her hands palsied and her courage gone.
  • Whatever part the whip has touched is thenceforth palsied.
  • Whatever part the whip has touched is thenceforth palsied.
British Dictionary definitions for palsied


noun (pl) -sies
paralysis, esp of a specified type: cerebral palsy
verb (transitive) -sies, -sying, -sied
to paralyse
Derived Forms
palsied, adjective
Word Origin
C13 palesi, from Old French paralisie, from Latin paralysis
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Word Origin and History for palsied

1540s, from palsy.



"disease causing paralysis," c.1300, palesie, from Anglo-French parlesie, Old French paralisie, from Vulgar Latin *paralysia, from Latin paralysis (see paralysis).

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palsied in Medicine

palsy pal·sy (pôl'zē)
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.

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palsied in the Bible

a shorter form of "paralysis." Many persons thus afflicted were cured by our Lord (Matt. 4:24; 8:5-13; 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-11; Luke 7:2-10; John 5:5-7) and the apostles (Acts 8:7; 9:33, 34).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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