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  • verbmake hard
  • verbfrighten

synonyms for petrifying

  • calcify
  • clarify
  • fossilize
  • harden
  • lapidify
  • mineralize
  • set
  • solidify
  • turn to stone
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antonyms for petrifying

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

The water has also a petrifying quality, covering every substance that it passes over with a hard white stony substance.
THE BOOK OF CURIOSITIESI. PLATTS
The longing for a real heart-to-heart friendship had been on one side only; that was the first, and most petrifying revelation.
FLAMING JUNEMRS. GEORGE DE HORNE VAIZEY
The Duchess is reduced to speechlessness, and takes refuge in a petrifying stare.
MR. PUNCH'S HISTORY OF MODERN ENGLAND VOL. IV OF IV.CHARLES L. GRAVES
Calcareous tuf consists of similar incrustations made by petrifying rivulets running over mud, sand, vegetable remains, &c.
A DICTIONARY OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES AND MINESANDREW URE
Something in me had suddenly turned stony, like a plant plunged in petrifying water.
RECOLLECTIONS OF MY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTHGEORGE BRANDES
But this led to a petrifying formalism, and to a tedious lengthening of the aria, which sacrificed character to vocal display.
LIFE OF MOZART, VOL. 1 (OF 3)OTTO JAHN
He dropped the too true volume from his hand; his petrifying heart dropped hollowly within him, as a pebble down Carrisbrook well.
PIERRE; OR THE AMBIGUITIESHERMAN MELVILLE
No word fell from her lips; her very heart seemed congealing, petrifying; she sat like one transformed to stone.
THE GYPSY QUEEN'S VOWMAY AGNES FLEMING
Unlike the marble of antiquity awakening into life, she might have been compared to a living woman petrifying into stone.
THE COMPANIONS OF JEHUALEXANDRE DUMAS, PRE
Kate felt herself slowly petrifying under the warm drip of Mrs. Peyton's platitudes.
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