verb (used with object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·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·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
to become petrified.
Origin of petrify
Synonyms for petrify
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No power on earth—except, perhaps, a glance from Elsie—could have unpetrified Ian Macdonald at that moment.The Red Man's Revenge
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
Word Origin for petrify
C16: from French pétrifier, ultimately from Greek petra stone, rock
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