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transfix

[trans-fiks] /trænsˈfɪks/
verb (used with object), transfixed or transfixt, transfixing.
1.
to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
2.
to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.
3.
to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.
Origin
1580-1590
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
Related forms
transfixion
[trans-fik-shuh n] /trænsˈfɪk ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
untransfixed, adjective
Synonyms
1. fascinate, spellbind, engross, captivate, enthrall.
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British Dictionary definitions for trans fixt

transfix

/trænsˈfɪks/
verb (transitive) -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
Derived Forms
transfixion (trænsˈfɪkʃən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin transfīgere to pierce through, from trans- + fīgere to thrust in
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Word Origin and History for trans fixt

transfix

v.

1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.

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