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petrify

[ pe-truh-fahy ]
/ 藞p蓻 tr蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), pet路ri路fied, pet路ri路fy路ing.
to convert into stone or a stony substance.
to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion: I was petrified with fear.
to make rigid or inert; harden; deaden: The tragedy in his life petrified his emotions.
verb (used without object), pet路ri路fied, pet路ri路fy路ing.
to become petrified.
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Origin of petrify

From the Middle French word petrifier, dating back to 1585鈥95. See petri-, -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM petrify

pet路ri路fi路a路ble, adjectivepe路trif路i路cant [pi-trif-i-kuhnt], /p瑟藞tr瑟f 瑟 k蓹nt/, adjectivepet路ri路fi路er, nounun路pet路ri路fy路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for petrify

petrify
/ (藞p蓻tr瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr; often passive) to convert (organic material, esp plant material) into a fossilized form by impregnation with dissolved minerals so that the original appearance is preserved
to make or become dull, unresponsive, insensitive, etc; deaden
(tr; often passive) to stun or daze with horror, fear, etc

Derived forms of petrify

petrifier, noun

Word Origin for petrify

C16: from French p茅trifier, ultimately from Greek petra stone, rock
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