from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
- transitive v. To make unable to move or act: paralyzed by fear.
- transitive v. To impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless: strict regulations that paralyze economic activity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To afflict with paralysis.
- v. To render unable to move; to immobilize.
- v. To render unable to function properly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To affect or strike with paralysis or palsy.
- transitive v. To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to render ineffective
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To affect with paralysis.
- To render helpless, useless, or ineffective, as if by paralysis; deaden the action or power of in any way: as, the sight paralyzed him with fear.
- Also spelled paralyse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make powerless and unable to function
- v. cause to be paralyzed and immobile
The word paralyze is far too strong, in my opinion.
He also said the decision to freeze Yukos assets aimed to "paralyze" the company.
Hamas or al Qaeda terrorists with shoulder-fired rockets could attack the airport and "paralyze" the country.
Taha also called the charges an attempt to "paralyze" his country.
My inner voice can be awfully critical, and "paralyze" was such a great word choice!
When that fight was over, we thought we had restored balance to the Senate—retaining the filibuster as a tool to require debate and deliberation, yet removing the power of a small, stubborn minority to paralyze the chamber.
Stalking is a crime that can paralyze an otherwise productive person with fear.
He noted that while withdrawing its cabinet members, the Shiite movement has not sent its supporters into the streets to paralyze Beirut as it did in previous crises in 2006 and 2008.
A cutoff of oil from that region could paralyze Western Europe, leading to demands on the United States that would impose strains on the American economy.1
He does shoot and paralyze Barbara Gordon, which is pretty vile, especially when you consider what he does to her afterwards, but there's a disconnect between the Joker we see fully-formed and the defeatist schmuck appearing in the flashbacks.