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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PARALYZING

And so he struck me with one of your cursed Martian paralyzing rays!

And yet no, not paralyzing; he could not but recognize that the shock had in reality been a stimulation.

To a poor bookworm and invalid like myself such a blow is paralyzing.

It was plain that in spite of his paralyzing horror he meant to stick where he was.

For the second time he experienced the sickening, paralyzing agony of fear.

A want of faith in his own genius was for ever paralyzing his hand.

With it came the paralyzing fear of her husband's discovery of her secret.

The feeling grew upon me of some influence which was paralyzing my circulation.

This he could do by procuring one of the paralyzing needle-guns from the ship.

But to that, too, he got only the one mournful answer, paralyzing in its fateful monotony.

WORD ORIGIN

1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

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