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  • adv. In a paralytic manner.


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  • Almost paralytically shy, I stood mute in the overly warm book-smelling van, waiting for inspiration, or the librarian, to strike me over the head.

    MIND MELD: What Book Introduced You to Science Fiction?

  • At root, fascism feeds on apathy and despair, the sense that a society so fundamentally dysfunctional, so paralytically broken, cannot be set right.

    Bradley Burston: Will Israel Grant Asylum to Fascism?

  • I want him to not touch anything and not say another goddamn thing - just ride his stupid bike, cut brush and get paralytically drunk until we can get him out of there.

    McCain Blasts Obama As Unfit To Defend America

  • Sierra Doe, epicenter of the frenzy, lay paralytically still.

    Life As We Know It

  • Another old man sitting on his bed, paralytically peeling a boiled potato, lifts his head and stares.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Certain machinery in the body of the nun on the leads over the door was cleaned up and put in motion, so that the figure shook its head paralytically all day long, to the great admiration of a drunken, but very

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • Better than getting paralytically drunk, especially if you are a soldier and might be called to action stations at any moment.

    Parliamentary Question of the Day

  • The regent and his roués and the czar and his retinue had this in common—they all knew how to get paralytically drunk and had the rusty faces to prove it.


  • I never saw such a countenance — like on of those demon-grotesques we see in the Gothic side-aisles and groinings — a dreadful grimace, monkey-like and insane — and his thin hand caught up his ebony stick, and shook it paralytically in the air.

    Uncle Silas

  • I had the benign disinterest of an accidental tourist who had somehow managed to end up in this curious quartier, and would certainly prefer to be elsewhere, but had imbibed so much cheap French fizz that she was paralytically incapable of knowing the time of day, and so she was perfectly happy to keep floating overhead.

    A Special Relationship


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