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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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The thought of losing my job absolutely petrifies me. I don’t know what I’d do.
Jon is a petrifying individual. He is capable of extreme violence.
I couldn’t do anything during the armed robbery. I just stood still, petrified.