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Definition of "petrific" [pe•trif•ic]

  • Petrifying; petrifactive (adjective) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "petrific" in a sentence
  • "“Sir!” cried Mr Delvile, with a look meant to be nothing less than petrific."
  • "Such denial thus becomes another form of self-mortification as Theotormon "wear [s] the threshold hard," figuratively clothing himself in a penitential garment of stonea version of the ascetic's hairshirtwhose petrific, impenetrable surface signifies Theotormon's extreme self-enclosure, his unwillingness to entertain any open encounter with earthly otherness."
  • "Had certain melodramatic features been as cautiously banished from Mr O'Connell's parades as latterly they were affectedly sought, it is certain that, to this hour, he and his pretended myriads would have been untouched by the petrific mace of the policeman."
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