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The disease ossified the tissue
  of ideas:  rigid and inflexible

of body tissue:  hardened into bone
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  • The disease ossified the tissue
  • ossified teaching methods
  • This process is ossification.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • Here we stopped, turning our horses over to the attention of a hostler, who moved so slowly as to seem ossified.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • All past oligarchies have fallen from power either because they ossified or because they grew soft.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • We protect mundanes we do not love from forces of which they remain ignorant, and an ancient, ossified Law prevents us from revealing ourselves as their saviors.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Shiny slabs of black rock, ossified lava flow, covered much of the ground.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The grandfather trembled from head to foot as powerfully as ossified limbs can tremble, his eyes, whose corneae were yellow on account of his great age, were veiled in a sort of vitreous glitter, his whole face assumed in an instant the earthy angles of a skull, his arms fell pendent, as though a spring had broken, and CHAPTER XII.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This was what slavery could do, in the way of ossifying what one may call the superior lobe of human feeling; for these pilgrims were kind-hearted people, and they would not have allowed that man to treat a horse like that.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • But now I see, I see! The will of the gods! The rhythm is re-established! Merely rational thought—forgive me for preaching, but I must, I must!—merely rational thought leaves the mind incurably crippled in a closed and ossified system, it can only extrapolate from the past.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel

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  • Say, he was simply ossified!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Must be ossified to forget he left this out.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • To them might be added a long list of common American synonyms for /drunk/, for example, /piffled/, /pifflicated/, /awry-eyed/, /tanked/, /snooted/, /stewed/, /ossified/, /slopped/, /fiddled/, /edged/, /loaded/, /het-up/, /frazzled/, /jugged/, /soused/, /jiggered/, /corned/, /jagged/ and /bunned/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Time solidifies, ossifies the waiting into molecules of stone, dark microscopic planets that swirl through the universe of my body waiting for light and the morning.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • …framework but to one another as though in some communal and oblivious and mindless life of their own like a colony of maggots, but as the demon himself had grown old with a kind of condensation, an anguished emergence of the primary indomitable ossification which the soft color and texture, the light electric aura of youth, had merely temporarily assuaged but never concealed—the spinster in homemade and shapeless clothing, with hands which could either transfer eggs or hold a plow…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It’s better than going to open mike night at Ossify and watching some guy recite his shopping list over a drumbeat.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • "Look," Esther said, "I’m not saying we have to go to Ossify.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
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