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petrified

[ pe-truh-fahyd ]
/ ˈpɛ trəˌfaɪd /
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adjective
having been numbed or paralyzed with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion:The victim arrived at the shelter petrified and penniless, lacking the documents needed to apply for aid.
having been turned to stone or a stony substance:Among the fossils found here are petrified skeletons of dinosaurs dating back 65 million years.
having been made rigid or inert; hardened: The 20-year-old snack cake—still in its original packaging—is quite petrified; it makes a pleasant thunking sound when I knock it against the desk.
verb
the simple past tense and past participle of petrify.
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Origin of petrified

OTHER WORDS FROM petrified

half-pet·ri·fied, adjectivesem·i·pet·ri·fied, adjectiveun·pet·ri·fied, adjective
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