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paralyse

/ ˈpærəˌlaɪz /

verb

  1. pathol to affect with paralysis
  2. med to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
  3. to make immobile; transfix


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Derived Forms

  • ˈparaˌlyser, noun
  • ˌparalyˈsation, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of paralyse1

C19: from French paralyser, from paralysie paralysis

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Example Sentences

The rapid and well-directed fire of our artillery appeared soon to paralyse that of the enemy.

First, on a declaration of war by England, Ireland might refuse to take part in it; and her refusal would paralyse the Empire.

She does not paralyse her capture according to the rites customary among the Hunting Wasps; she kills it.

He could paralyse St. Xavier's—even the biggest boys who shaved—with the recital, were that permitted.

It was not physical fear, for Montrose was a brave man, but a hateful influence which seemed in some way to paralyse him.

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