- to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
- to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.
- to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.
Origin of transfix
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Examples from the Web for transfixed
When President Obama finally came off the Vineyard and spoke out on the trauma that has transfixed America, he looked exhausted.Why Won't Obama Go to Ferguson?
August 19, 2014
“She came back to the idea that transfixed her,” White wrote.Jackie Kennedy’s Return to Arlington
May 29, 2014
As much as I was transfixed by every second of this past season of Louie, Veep just made me giddy.Emmys 2013: What Show Should Win It All? Our Critics Debate
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
September 21, 2013
But given what has been credibly written about him personally, Oscar Pistorius was transfixed by the dark side of the moon.The Unwarranted Mythology of Oscar Pistorius
February 15, 2013
Babe: From the moment that pig opened its mouth I was transfixed.Emma Thompson’s Favorite Movies, From ‘Mary Poppins’ to ‘Life of Brian’
February 12, 2013
When he put it to himself like that, the sweat started from his forehead and he was transfixed with fear.The Christian
The Baron, who had understood everything, was also transfixed.The Eternal City
Ralph stood where Sim had left him, transfixed by some horrible consciousness.The Shadow of a Crime
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
- to render motionless, esp with horror or shock
- to impale or fix with a sharp weapon or other device
- med to cut through (a limb or other organ), as in amputation
Word Origin and History for transfixed
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.