petrify | petrified | petrifying

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Meaning(s)

greatly frighten somebody

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petrify - scare

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The implication with the word ‘petrify’ is that you scare somebody to such a degree that they freeze as if suddenly turned to stone. So, if you have ever been so frightened that you momentarily cannot move or think, then you have been ‘petrified’.

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Synonyms terrify
Antonyms console,encourage

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  1. The thought of losing my job absolutely petrifies me. I don’t know what I’d do.

  2. Jon is a petrifying individual. He is capable of extreme violence.

  3. I couldn’t do anything during the armed robbery. I just stood still, petrified.

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