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Monday, December 11, 2006

Definitions for ossify

  1. to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to ossify right after college.
  2. to convert into or cause to harden like bone.
  3. to become bone or harden like bone.

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Citations for ossify
If the world changes and we don't, then we become of no use to the world. Our principles cease being principles and just ossify into dogma. Tony Blair, article by Stephen Goodwin, "The Labour Party in Blackpool: Blair urges politics of courage and trust," Independent, October 4, 1994
…a classless society directed by elites may ossify very rapidly, simply because its rulers are able to choose their successors, and will always tend to choose people resembling themselves. George Orwell, "Notes towards the Definition of Culture by T.S. Eliot," Observer, November 28, 1948
Origin of ossify
Ossify stems from the Latin word for "bone," os. It entered English in the mid-1600s.