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Wordnet 3.0


1. paralyzing with terror;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Petrify \Pet"ri*fy\ (p[e^]t"r[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Petrified; p. pr. & vb. n. Petrifying.] [L. petra rock, Gr. pe`tra (akin to pe`tros a stone) + -fy: cf. F. p['e]trifier. Cf. Parrot, Petrel, Pier.] 1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance; as, petrified wood. [1913 Webster] A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves. --Kirwan. [1913 Webster] 2. To make callous or obdurate; to transform, as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young. "Petrifying accuracy." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] And petrify a genius to a dunce. --Pope. [1913 Webster] A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] 3. To paralyze, especially with fear; to stupefy; as, she was petrified by the sight of the bear in her tent. [PJC] The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

petrifying adj 1: paralyzing with terror
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

21 Moby Thesaurus words for "petrifying": bloodcurdling, hair-raising, hardening, indurative, paralyzing, petrifactive, stunning, stupefying, terrifying, terror, terror-bearing, terror-breathing, terror-breeding, terror-bringing, terror-fraught, terror-giving, terror-inspiring, terror-striking, terrorful, terroristic, toughening