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petrify

verb

1 petrify

Cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned from fright.

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

Roget 860: fear, stand in awe of; be afraid etc. adj.; have qualms etc. n.; apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance; distrust etc. (disbelieve) ... show more

Roget 870: wonder, marvel, admire; be surprised etc. adj.; start; stare; open one's eyes, rub one's eyes, turn up one's eyes; gloar; gape, open one's mouth, ... show more

Roget 321: be dense etc. adj.; become solid, render solid etc. adj.; solidify, solidate; concrete, set, take a set, consolidate, ... show more

Roget 385: cool, fan, refrigerate, refresh, ice; congeal, freeze, glaciate; benumb, starve, pinch, chill, petrify, chill to the marrow, ... show more

Dutch: fossiliseren, petrificeren, verstenen



2 petrify

Change into stone.

synonym: lapidify.

Dutch: verstenen

3 petrify

Make rigid and set into a conventional pattern:
— Slogans petrify our thinking.

synonyms: ossify, rigidify.

Roget 323: render hard etc. adj.; harden, stiffen, indurate, petrify, temper, ossify, vitrify; accrust.   


Moby thesaurus: alarm, amaze, anneal, appall, astonish, astound, awe, awestrike, bedaze, bedazzle, bemuse, benumb, bewilder, boggle, bowl down, bowl over, calcify, callous, case harden, confound ... show more.

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