pal·​sied | \ ˈpȯl-zēd How to pronounce palsied (audio) \

Definition of palsied

: affected with or as if with palsy

Examples of palsied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His visitors encountered a palsied, toothless, half-blind figure, unable to rise from his favorite armchair to greet them. Richard Norton Smith, WSJ, "‘The Problem of Democracy’ Review: Cicero & Son; or, a Party of Two," 12 Apr. 2019 In some countries, key public service industries are nationalized; in others, they are strictly regulated in a way that goes well beyond our palsied agencies. John B. Judis, New Republic, "The Socialism America Needs Now," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of palsied

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Palsied.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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pal·​sied | \ ˈpȯl-zēd How to pronounce palsied (audio) \

Medical Definition of palsied

: affected with palsy

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