gorgonize

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verb gor·gon·ize \ˈgȯr-gə-ˌnīz\

Definition of gorgonize

gorgonized

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gorgonizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on :  stupefy, petrify

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In Greek mythology, the Gorgons (from the Greek adjective gorgos, meaning "terrifying") were commonly depicted as three female monsters who had snakes for hair and the ability to turn anyone who looked at them into stone. The most notorious of the three was Medusa; when she was slain by the hero Perseus, her severed head retained the power of turning anyone who looked on it to stone. In modern parlance, to gorgonize someone is to make him or her feel (metaphorically) petrified, usually through an intimidating glance or gaze.

First Known Use of gorgonize

1609


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