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  • verbmake hard
  • verbfrighten

synonyms for petrify

  • calcify
  • clarify
  • fossilize
  • harden
  • lapidify
  • mineralize
  • set
  • solidify
  • turn to stone
See also synonyms for: petrified / petrifying
  • appall
  • astonish
  • astound
  • daze
  • dumbfound
  • horrify
  • startle
  • stupefy
  • terrify
  • transfix
  • alarm
  • amaze
  • benumb
  • chill
  • confound
  • dismay
  • immobilize
  • numb
  • paralyze
  • scare
  • spook
  • stun
  • put chill on
  • scare silly
  • scare stiff
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antonyms for petrify

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  • liquefy
  • soften
  • calm
  • comfort
  • melt
  • please
  • soothe
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How to use petrify in a sentence

I didn't possess the capacity to petrify, which is absolutely indispensable in an academic man.
ATLANTISGERHART HAUPTMANN
She had seemed to grow rooted to the ground, unable to get away; her heart, her breathing, seemed to petrify too; they hurt her.
MISSYDANA GATLIN
E that would shine, and petrify his tutor,Should drink draught Allsopp in its "native pewter."
QUIPS AND QUIDDITIESWILLIAM DAVENPORT ADAMS
Their concepts petrify from lack of use and the constant reconstruction which growth necessitates.
THE MIND AND ITS EDUCATIONGEORGE HERBERT BETTS
Among ourselves worship would petrify and faith wither were it not for the tasks the church has undertaken at home and abroad.
JUDGES AND RUTHROBERT A. WATSON
The poet in dealing with his own time, must also see to it that language does not petrify on his hands.
INSTIGATIONSEZRA POUND
It rang down the corridor and seemed to petrify his grasp upon her.
THE FIFTH QUEENFORD MADOX FORD
So, some rare waters in Derbyshire will petrify birds'-nests.
PIERRE; OR THE AMBIGUITIESHERMAN MELVILLE
What did she mean by that allusion to the cold people who petrify flesh to marble?
SHIRLEYCHARLOTTE BRONT
You petrify that man at the inn by the very way you speak to him, such condemnation!
SEA AND SARDINIAD. H. LAWRENCE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO PETRIFY

  • alarm
  • amaze
  • appal
  • astound
  • awe
  • consternate
  • daunt
  • disconcert
  • dishearten
  • dismay
  • faze
  • frighten
  • get to
  • gross out
  • insult
  • intimidate
  • outrage
  • petrify
  • scare
  • shake
  • shock
  • terrify
  • throw
  • unnerve
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