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Adjective: petrifying  'pe-tri,fI-ing
  1. Paralyzing with terror
    "Organic remains have exercised an influence upon their mode of petrifying"
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

See also: alarming

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

Encyclopedia: Petrify