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petrify

[pe-truh-fahy]
verb (used with object), petrified, petrifying.
1.
to convert into stone or a stony substance.
2.
to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion: I was petrified with fear.
3.
to make rigid or inert; harden; deaden: The tragedy in his life petrified his emotions.
verb (used without object), petrified, petrifying.
4.
to become petrified.

Origin:
1585–95; < Middle French petrifier. See petri-, -fy

petrifiable, adjective
petrificant [pi-trif-i-kuhnt] , adjective
petrifier, noun
half-petrified, adjective
semipetrified, adjective
unpetrified, adjective
unpetrifying, adjective


2. immobilize, dumbfound, daze.
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petrify (ˈpɛtrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr; often passive) to convert (organic material, esp plant material) into a fossilized form by impregnation with dissolved minerals so that the original appearance is preserved
2.  to make or become dull, unresponsive, insensitive, etc; deaden
3.  (tr; often passive) to stun or daze with horror, fear, etc
 
[C16: from French pétrifier, ultimately from Greek petra stone, rock]
 
'petrifier
 
n

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petrify
1594, from M.Fr. pétrifier "to make or become stone," from L. petra "rock" + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Metaphoric sense of "paralyze with fear or shock" first recorded 1771.
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