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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 of transfix
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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  • When he put it to himself like that, the sweat started from his forehead and he was transfixed with fear.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The Baron, who had understood everything, was also transfixed.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Ralph stood where Sim had left him, transfixed by some horrible consciousness.

  • And when she woke in wild affright it met her transfixed and horrified gaze.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Nettie looked up in a sudden blaze, and transfixed him with her eye.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for transfixed

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 transfixed

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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