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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TRANSFIX

Something in her expression seemed to transfix and bind him.

The sight of the two men together seemed to transfix her with horror.

What spear can transfix the dragon of passion which rages here?

The scream that he uttered seemed to transfix Joel with horror.

Something must be devised to transfix him with the dignity of marriage.

But know that through my breast you must strike and transfix him.

When Lugare saw it, he stood like one transfix'd by a basilisk.

Another inscription boasts that the subject of it could transfix an arrow in its flight with another arrow.

His assailants saw their advantage, and one of them made a final lunge at his breast to transfix him.

I did not say there was, said Anne; and you need not transfix me with those sharp eyes of yours, because I wondered.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.

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