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.]
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petrifying

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

petrifying

[ˈpɛtrɪfaɪɪŋ] adj (= terrifying) → terrifiant(e)
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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.
DETECTIVES were last night hunting two knife-wielding robbers who threatened a shop worker in a "petrifying" raid.