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paralyze

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of paralyze

  1. 1 to render powerless, ineffective, or unable to move a blizzard paralyzed the city for two days Synonyms of paralyze cripple, disable, hamstring, immobilize, incapacitate, prostrate Words Related to paralyze attenuate, debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, tire, undercut, undermine, weaken; hobble, lame; maim, mutilate; knock out Near Antonyms of paralyze energize, galvanize, invigorate, vitalize; fortify, strengthen; empower; freshen, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, revive

  2. 2 to deprive of courage or confidence the school board is paralyzed by the threat of lawsuits for just about everything Synonyms of paralyze demoralize, emasculate, unnerve, undo, unman, unstringWords Related to paralyze debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, neuter, weaken; prostrate, sap, soften, tire, waste; frighten, intimidate, psych (out), scare, terrify, terrorize; daunt, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit; craze, derange, madden, unbalance, unhinge; discompose, disquiet, disturb, faze, perturb, unsettle, upset, weird outNear Antonyms of paralyze fortify, strengthen; embolden, encourage, heartenAntonyms of paralyze nerve


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