Petrify

Definition of Petrify

Pet´ri`fy
v. t.1.To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance.
[imp. & p. p. Petrified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Petrifying .]
A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves.
- Kirwan.
2.To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young.
And petrify a genius to a dunce.
- Pope.
The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing.
- De Quincey.
A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition.
- G. Eliot.
v. i.1.To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
2.Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
Like Niobe we marble grow,
And petrify with grief.
- Dryden.

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