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transitive verb
    1. to convert into stone or a stony substance
    2. to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion: I was petrified with fear.
    3. to make rigid or inert; harden; deaden: The tragedy in his life petrified his emotions.
  • take away power to feel through terror; turn to stone [Barron]
  • to make hard, rocklike [Nandigam]

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