- to affect with paralysis.
- to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.
Origin of paralyze
1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
2. See shock1.
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Examples from the Web for paralyse
The effect on the savage was to paralyse him for the moment.The Madman and the Pirate
"It must paralyse your efforts, preaching to such a congregation," said the other.The Kellys and the O'Kellys
Her heart beat so violently that it seemed at once to choke and to paralyse her.At His Gates, Vol. 3(of 3)
All this was enough to paralyse those who might have been willing to join.Guilds in the Middle Ages
Also the farcical nature of the whole proceeding seemed to paralyse her.Beatrice
H. Rider Haggard
- pathol to affect with paralysis
- med to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
- to make immobile; transfix
C19: from French paralyser, from paralysie paralysis
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Word Origin and History for paralyse
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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