EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SEIZED
He was seized with fear for what he might do in his despair.
In spite of the wound he seized the musket and forcibly wrested it from our hero.
She had begun to pull away in alarm when he seized her wrist.
And you seized his cane in a fury, and broke it in returning the blow.
In April, 1870, a party of English travelers in Greece were seized by brigands.
Since I have seized my own liberty I am a fanatic for freedom.
It was upon this last point that I seized with most avidity.
She had shown no sign of life at any time since he had first seized her.
He also seized the opportunity of offering him a libretto for a new oratorio.
He leaped to his feet and seized her savagely by the shoulders.
mid-13c., from Old French seisir "to take possession of, take by force; put in possession of, bestow upon" (Modern French saisir), from Late Latin sacire, which is generally held to be from a Germanic source, but the exact origin is uncertain. Perhaps from Frankish *sakjan "lay claim to" (cf. Gothic sokjan, Old English secan "to seek;" see seek). Or perhaps from Proto-Germanic *satjan "to place" (see set (v.)).
Originally a legal term in reference to feudal property holdings or offices. Meaning "to grip with the hands or teeth" is from c.1300; that of "to take possession by force or capture" (of a city, etc.) is from mid-14c. Figurative use, with reference to death, disease, fear, etc. is from late 14c. Meaning "to grasp with the mind" is attested from 1855. Of engines or other mechanisms, attested from 1878. Related: Seized; seizing.