Petrified



[pe-truh-fahy] /ˈpɛ trəˌfaɪ/

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.
/ˈpɛtrɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive; 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.
(transitive; often passive) to stun or daze with horror, fear, etc
adj.

1660s, “turned to stone,” past participle adjective from petrify (v.). Figurative meaning “paralyzed (with fright, etc.)” is from 1720.
v.

1590s, from Middle French pétrifier “to make or become stone” (16c.), from Latin petra “rock, crag” (see petrous) + -ficare, from facere “to make, do” (see factitious). Metaphoric sense of “paralyze with fear or shock” first recorded 1771. Related: Petrified; petrifying.

adjective

Drunk; ossified, stoned (1903+)

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