- a person affected with paralysis.
Origin of paralytic
Examples from the Web for paralytic
I know a woman who has, several times, been driven to the brink of paralytic rage by the way her books have been received.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing
May 20, 2013
Paralytic Child Walking on All Fours (from Muybridge), from that year, is a fine example of this stylistic shift.Art's Obsessive Genius
May 20, 2009
The shock, we are told, brought on a paralytic seizure of which he died.Yorkshire Painted And Described
At the house of an old lady of seventy, a paralytic, the rebuff was of a different kind.Doctor Pascal
He had also learned something of the paralytic seizure which the disaster had occasioned.The Shadow of a Crime
The eyes of the paralytic had faintly lit up at his approach.A Bride of the Plains
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I trembled like a paralytic, and was afraid that my anger might get me into difficulty.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- of, relating to, or of the nature of paralysis
- afflicted with or subject to paralysis
- British informal very drunk
- a person afflicted with paralysis
Word Origin and History for paralytic
c.1300 (adj.), late 14c. (n.), from Old French paralitique "paralyzed, unmoving," from Latin paralyticus, from Greek paralytikos, from paralysis (see paralysis).
- Of or relating to paralysis.
- Affected with paralysis.
- A person affected with paralysis.