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Verb: petrify  'pe-tru,fI
  1. Cause to become stonelike, stiff or dazed and stunned
    "The horror petrified his feelings"; "Fear petrified her thinking"
     
  2. Change into stone
    "the wood petrified with time";
    - lapidify
     
  3. Make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
    "slogans petrify our thinking";
    - rigidify, ossify

Derived forms: petrifies, petrified, petrifying

Type of: blunt, deaden, fossilise [Brit], fossilize, stiffen

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