Definition of petrify:
- Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
- To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
- To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance.
- To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young.
kill, hold back, deaden, boil up, concrete, suppress, ossify, boil over, interfere with, cloud, paralyze, boil, geld, break down, castrate, rigidify, atomize, dampen, shut off, cake, lapidify, boil away, solid, stamp out, desiccate, affect, congeal, shake up, startle, cut into, squeeze out, kill off, stun, numb, damp, set, clear, benumb, chill, astonish, wither, desiccate, frighten/scare the wits out of someone, clarify, harden, devitalize, enervate, stupefy, indurate, dry, bake, lobotomize, bubble, solidify.
- frighten (part of speech: verb)
- preserve (part of speech: verb)
- "Emerson and Other Essays", John Jay Chapman.
We will try to regard the evidence as a whole, the object being- as the object of all honest historical inquiry must be- to ascertain the truth about it, freed from those jealousies and prejudices which, so freely deposited at the time, tend to consolidate and petrify until, as with the guano massed hard on islets in Australasian seas, it is difficult to get at the solid rock beneath for the accretions upon it, and sometimes not easy to discriminate rock from accretion.- "Terre Napoleon A history of French explorations and projects in Australia", Ernest Scott.
- "Christian Mysticism", William Ralph Inge.