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  • adj. Causing immense fear; immobilising with fright; scary; frightening; terrifying
  • v. Present participle of petrify.

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  • adj. paralyzing with terror


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  • Such are popularly known as petrifying springs, although they merely incrust the objects and do not convert them into stone.

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  • 'A reed shaken with the wind, 'and without substance or solidity to resist, may be placed in what is called a petrifying well, and, by the infiltration of stony substance into its structure, may be turned into a rigid mass, like a little bar of iron.

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  • Chennel Jagesur, a second year Actuarial Science student who had her lectures disrupted, described their actions as "petrifying".

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  • He halted and watched the young ones "petrifying" and disappearing on the ground before his eyes, and listening to the anxious calls of the old ones hidden in the thickets.

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  • And that's kind of petrifying but also exhilarating. "


  • The idea of opening up my heart again was petrifying.

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  • Masson, a painter, held to a doctrine of eternal recurrence that was petrifying.


  • To not be with her and her not be with me and not be with my husband is petrifying.

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