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Petrifying definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PET'RIFYING, ppr. Converting into stone; as petrifying operation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: paralyzing with terror

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Petrify Pet"ri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Petrified; p. pr. & vb. n. Petrifying.] [L. petra rock, Gr. ? (akin to ? a stone) + -fy: cf. F. p['e]trifier. Cf. Parrot, Petrel, Pier.] 1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance. A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves. --Kirwan. 2. To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young. ``Petrifying accuracy.'' --Sir W. Scott. And petrify a genius to a dunce. --Pope. The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing. --De Quincey. A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition. --G. Eliot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see petrify

Moby Thesaurus

bloodcurdling, hair-raising, hardening, indurative, paralyzing, petrifactive, stunning, stupefying, terrifying, terror, terror-bearing, terror-breathing, terror-breeding, terror-bringing, terror-fraught, terror-giving, terror-inspiring, terror-striking, terrorful, terroristic, toughening




 


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