verb (used with object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
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I didn't possess the capacity to petrify, which is absolutely indispensable in an academic man.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
She had seemed to grow rooted to the ground, unable to get away; her heart, her breathing, seemed to petrify too; they hurt her.Missy|Dana Gatlin
E that would shine, and petrify his tutor,Should drink draught Allsopp in its "native pewter."Quips and Quiddities|William Davenport Adams
Their concepts petrify from lack of use and the constant reconstruction which growth necessitates.The Mind and Its Education|George Herbert Betts
Among ourselves worship would petrify and faith wither were it not for the tasks the church has undertaken at home and abroad.Judges and Ruth|Robert A. Watson