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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Definitions for gorgonize

  1. to affect as a Gorgon; hypnotize; petrify.

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Citations for gorgonize
He says people who travel--young people especially--ought to be in time, and not disturb folks who are punctual--a sentiment in such strict accord with the views of the rest of the company, that they give a murmur of approval, and Gorgonize me for the next twenty miles or so with a petrifying equanimity. Frank Fowler, Dottings of a Lounger, 1859
Dropping into chairs, they will sit puffing away and trying to gorgonize the President with their silent stares until their boorish curiosity is fully satisfied. Henry Villard, November 17, 1860 dispatch in the New York Herald, "Here I have lived"; a history of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865, by Paul M. Angle, 1935
Origin of gorgonize
Latin Gorgō (stem Gorgon-) is the immediate source of gorgonize. Gorgō is a direct borrowing from Greek Gorgṓ (one of whose stems is Gorgón-), a clear derivative of the adjective gorgós “terrible, dreadful.” The very productive English verb suffix -ize comes from Late Latin -izāre, from Greek -izein, as in Greek baptízein “to dip, plunge,” borrowed into Christian Latin as baptizāre “to baptize,” whence English baptize. Gorgonize entered English in the 17th century.