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One morning, as he was going downstairs, Orlando was stricken with paralysis.

He was not wordy, and he tarried but a moment, yet he explained his paralysis.

Just as the bonds of paralysis had broken, he had lost consciousness.

One day, when they were at church, he died of a second attack of paralysis.

Captain Cy dropped her hand as if his own had been struck with paralysis.

I didn't know but you'd been struck by walkin' paralysis or somethin'.

The doctor says it's a paralysis or appleplexy or somethin'.

He has had a stroke of paralysis, and there seem to be other complications.

And it seemed to him that a sort of paralysis had fallen on their wits.

Then, and not till then, did the paralysis of horror loose its grip on the human.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Latin paralysis, from Greek paralysis "paralysis, palsy," literally "loosening," from paralyein "disable, enfeeble," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + lyein "loosen, untie" (see lose).

Figurative use from 1813. Earlier form was paralysie (late 14c., see palsy). Old English equivalent was lyft adl (see left (adj.)) or crypelnes "crippleness."

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