- 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 transfixing
A new exhibit looks back at his rise to fame in all its messy, transfixing glory.The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
Iago is such a transfixing portrait of evil exactly because his motives are forever murky.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.
April 23, 2013
The scene is a masterpiece of storytelling, transfixing and indelible.American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60
June 28, 2012
The video is transfixing—and worth a good laugh, as Cain himself recognized.Is Herman Cain the Fifth Beatle?
David A. Graham
October 17, 2011
The eyes dominated the portrait, transfixing her with a blue stare.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
She also pointed an extended finger at Mr. Aiken, as it were transfixing him.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
Here was Junius turned gentleman and transfixing a State with satire.From the Easy Chair, vol. 1
George William Curtis
A remark which Dr. Bennett had once let fall recurred to me, transfixing me to my bed.One of My Sons
Anna Katharine Green
He hated me, this Englishman, because I had been before him in transfixing the animal.The Adventures of Gerard
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 transfixing
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.