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pet·ri·fy

 (pĕt′rə-fī′)
tr.v. pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing, pet·ri·fies
1. To convert (wood or other organic matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.
2. To cause to lose vitality or become impervious to change; deaden: a routine that petrified her thinking.
3. To stun or paralyze with terror; daze.

[Middle English petrifien, to harden, from Old French petrifier : Latin petra, rock (from Greek petrā; see per- in Indo-European roots) + Old French -fier, -fy.]

petrified

(ˈpɛtrɪfaɪd)
adj
1. stunned or dazed with horror, fear, etc: I've always been petrified of the dark..
2. (Geological Science) geology (of organic material) converted into a fossilized form by impregnation with dissolved minerals so that the original appearance is preserved
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petrified

adjective
1. terrified, horrified, shocked, frozen, stunned, appalled, numb, dazed, speechless, aghast, dumbfounded, stupefied, scared stiff, scared shitless (taboo slang), terror-stricken, shit-scared (taboo slang) He was petrified at the thought of having to make a speech.
2. fossilized, ossified, rocklike a block of petrified wood
Translations
ztuhlý strachy
forstenet
kauhun lamaannuttama
prestravljen
すくむ
놀라서 멍해진
vettskrämd
ทำให้ตกตะลึงเพราะความกลัว
chết điếng người

petrified

[ˈpetrɪfaɪd] ADJpetrificado

petrified

[ˈpɛtrɪfaɪd] adj (= terrified) → pétrifié(e)
I was absolutely petrified → J'étais absolument pétrifié.
to be petrified of sth → avoir une peur bleue de qch

petrified

adj
(lit)versteinert; as though petrifiedwie erstarrt
(fig) I was petrified (with fear)ich war starr vor Schrecken; she is petrified of spiderssie hat panische Angst vor Spinnen; to be petrified of doing somethingpanische Angst davor haben, etw zu tun

petrified

[ˈpɛtrɪˌfaɪd] adjterrorizzato/a
to be petrified (with fear) → restare impietrito/a (per la paura)

petrified

مُتَحَجِّرٌ ztuhlý strachy forstenet versteinert αποσβολωμένος petrificado kauhun lamaannuttama pétrifié prestravljen pietrificato すくむ 놀라서 멍해진 doodsbang forsteinet sparaliżowany apavorado оцепеневший vettskrämd ทำให้ตกตะลึงเพราะความกลัว ödü kopmak chết điếng người 吓呆了的

petrified

a. petrificado-a, convertido-a en piedra.
References in classic literature ?
For the most remarkable aspect of the affair was, that, at the cessation of the music, everybody was petrified at once, from the most extravagant life into a dead torpor.
Amongst any other population, or at a later period in the history of New England, the grim rigidity that petrified the bearded physiognomies of these good people would have augured some awful business in hand.
In bony, ribby regions of the earth, where at the base of high broken cliffs masses of rock lie strewn in fantastic groupings upon the plain, you will often discover images as of the petrified forms of the Leviathan partly merged in grass, which of a windy day breaks against them in a surf of green surges.
Petrified by his aspect, and still more shrinking from the fiery dart that he held, the men fell back in dismay, and Ahab again spoke: -- All your oaths to hunt the White Whale are as binding as mine; and heart, soul, and body, lungs and life, old Ahab is bound.
He said the most of Sir Dinadan's jokes were rotten and the rest were petrified.
How different is this marvel observed from a raft, from what it is when one observes it through the dingy windows of a railway-station in some wretched village while he munches a petrified sandwich and waits for the train.
For one moment her petrified gaze fixed itself there.
The old lady stood petrified with astonishment, peering over her glasses; Tom lay on the floor expiring with laughter.
With Tom it was awful; it 'most petrified him to think maybe he had got his uncle into a thousand times more trouble than ever, and maybe it wouldn't ever happened if he hadn't been so ambitious to get celebrated, and let the corpse alone the way the others done.
Having spread the quilt and folded my night-dress, I went to the window-seat to put in order some picture-books and doll's house furniture scattered there; an abrupt command from Georgiana to let her playthings alone (for the tiny chairs and mirrors, the fairy plates and cups, were her property) stopped my proceedings; and then, for lack of other occupation, I fell to breathing on the frost-flowers with which the window was fretted, and thus clearing a space in the glass through which I might look out on the grounds, where all was still and petrified under the influence of a hard frost.
The surprise petrified her an instant: she uttered an inarticulate exclamation, and stood fixed.
Frank was petrified by an absolute unanimity of opinion which he had not anticipated; and Magdalen was caught, for once in her life, at the end of all her resources.