petrifying


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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.]

petrifying

(ˈpɛtrɪfaɪɪŋ)
adj
stunning or dazing with horror, fear, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.petrifying - paralyzing with terror
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
Translations

petrifying

[ˈpɛtrɪfaɪɪŋ] adj (= terrifying) → terrifiant(e)
References in classic literature ?
Some were condensing air into a dry tangible substance, by extracting the nitre, and letting the aqueous or fluid particles percolate; others softening marble, for pillows and pin-cushions; others petrifying the hoofs of a living horse, to preserve them from foundering.
Petrifying springs with tufa formation (a habitat type listed in Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive - *7220) are among the most valuable and ecologically interesting European ecosystems, and also among the most difficult to protect.
Other characters in Departures exhibit some unwholesome activity that those who are prudish may find petrifying.