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1 Cause (a person or part of the body) to become partly or wholly incapable of movement:‘Mrs Burrows had been paralysed by a stroke’
immobilized, incapacitated, powerlessparaplegic, quadriplegic, tetraplegic, monoplegic, hemiplegic, paretic, parapareticpalsieddisable, immobilize, make powerless, render powerless, incapacitate, debilitate, numb, deaden, benumb, dullView synonyms
- ‘When they put me in the an air tight cell, they put this device on my head that paralyzed my body.’
- ‘But, together, the anesthetic paralyzes the body and lets the poison reek havoc.’
- ‘A stroke may have paralysed her body but Kate Thomas's mind is still ticking.’
- ‘It has partly paralyzed the right side of her body.’
- ‘Kim previously worked as a taxi driver until 2001 when he was partially paralysed by a stroke.’
- 1.1 Make (someone) unable to think or act normally, especially through panic or fear:‘some people are paralysed by the thought of failure’‘her paralysing shyness’
immobilize, transfix, become rooted to the spot, freeze, stun, render motionless, become horror-stricken, become horror-struck, petrifyView synonyms
- ‘People are almost paralysed by fear and a sense of impotence.’
- ‘Much to my horror, I once again felt the life blood draining out of me, paralyzing me with fear.’
- ‘Dripping with potential but too young to realize the extent of possibilities that lie before us, life can easily seem overwhelming, paralyzing us with fear.’
- ‘When it arrives I am so paralyzed with fear, I can't get on.’
- ‘I was paralyzed with fear the whole time, unable to move a muscle even if there had been anything I could have done.’
- 1.2 Stop (a system, place, or organization) from operating by causing disruption:‘the regional capital was paralysed by a general strike’
bring to a standstill, immobilize, bring to a halt, bring to a grinding halt, halt, stop, freeze, cripple, disable, put out of action, put out of commission, render inoperative, deactivateView synonyms
- ‘Stranded motorists were rescued from their vehicles by the emergency services after snowdrifts up to 20 ft deep paralysed areas of the Scottish Highlands.’
- ‘Corruption is very critical not just because it is economically critical and paralyzing our legal system, but it too has been gnawing at our ability to develop a sense of solidarity.’
- ‘Jakarta turned into a giant battle field when riots paralyzed the capital city.’
- ‘The protests in Spain have paralysed major highways, ports and fuel depots as thousands of fishermen and farmers blocked roads, ports and fuel distribution centres.’
- ‘Massive protests outside Westminster paralysed the capital's roads for more than 12 hours on Thursday.’
Early 19th century: from French paralyser, from paralysie paralysis.
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