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She suffers paralysis of her legs.
  loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

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inability to act or make a decision
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  • She suffers paralysis of her legs.
  • Hamlet suffered near paralysis from indecision.
  • She can’t move her left side, but we’re hoping the paralysis is temporary.
  • She is paralyzed from the waste down.

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  • The sight of Marcus suddenly being driven to the ground seemed to paralyze them,
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • This, they tell me, is good news, for the paralysis could have been total.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • But Lewis, his hand about to push the swinging doors open, hesitates, as though struck by a sudden paralysis of the will,
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • But most of the Smokies were too shocked to resist, paralyzed by the terrible faces of their opponents.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Like he’s paralyzed. Polio, maybe.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • She felt as if her talent for invention had been paralyzed by terror.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate

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  • Every time you get tackled, I’m afraid you’re going to be paralyzed, or even killed.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • It was a little boy, his face paralyzed with fear.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • That bite paralyzed Karait,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • She made an effort to stand but couldn’t. Her muscles were paralyzed and the blood had long since ceased to flow.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • "...Pelzer, shall become a ward of the court and remain so until his 18th birthday. This case is closed!" the judge quickly concluded, as he slammed his gavel on a piece of wood.
    I felt paralyzed.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • I never had anything wrong with my heel except the time the sting ray stung it when I stepped on him when swimming and paralyzed the lower leg and made the unbearable pain.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • I felt free and clean, as when you suddenly see that, after being paralyzed by ignorance or indecision, you can act.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • "Your imagination is paralyzed," he declares.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • I worried that I’d start begging, maybe even drop to the ground, paralyzed with fear,
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The ice ball exploded, spraying his entire body with freezing, paralyzing streams of water, weighing down his arms, deadening his legs, squeezing his heart.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • The pieces of skin on each side of his neck and the half of his forehead seemed to tingle as if they had been paralyzed and now were getting a fresh supply of blood.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • I smiled back, but Evra looked paralyzed, unable to move the muscles in his mouth.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • It was like I was paralyzed and couldn’t turn away;
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • I force myself to obey, instantly paralyzed as I meet her gaze.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Was being kissed by me so terrifying that it paralyzed him?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • And I know you need me in the next room over
    But I am stuck in here all paralyzed.
    -THE AVETT BROTHERS, "TEN THOUSAND WORDS"
    I’VE NEVER HAD SEX.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The freezing air on my legs almost paralyzes me.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Thomas sat and stared, paralyzed by fear.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • "They tell me I’m paralyzed from the waist down."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But it was like I was paralyzed or something.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • That’s why, when she tries to rewrite history, she gets so paralyzed.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Later, she would recall only how paralyzed with fear she was, until she heard the voice behind her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She was pinned against the wall, paralyzed from the waist down.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Kafir—I’m paralyzed back here.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Like I’m paralyzed and my head is empty and all there is in the world is that big hand and this cool breath like the wind.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • She tried to remember what kind of animals paralyzed their prey before they ate them….
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Fear didn’t paralyze Cassie Sullivan, like it did some humans.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He’ll land on top of you and break your neck and then he’ll slowly bleed to death all over your paralyzed body ….
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • And when she felt this paralysis, caught between entirely too many possibilities and unknowns, there was only one place she felt right.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He watched paralyzed with fear as they almost touched the water.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I thought at first that our display had paralyzed the Gypsies with awe—but then, when the ringing in my ears had faded, I realized they were listening for something.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I was paralyzed with fear.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The woman who had landed me here was finally within my grasp, and I was paralyzed.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But when the nearly all-white jury pronounced him guilty, after fifteen months of waiting for vindication, he was shocked, paralyzed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He still felt paralyzed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • To be honest, I was so frightened that paralysis gripped me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Then would follow delirium, paralysis, coma, and death.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I have feared this throughout my life, from the day I was adopted by the family Kurohata to my induction into the Imperial Army to even the grand opening of Sunny Medical Supply, through the initial hours of which I was nearly paralyzed with the dread of dishonoring my fellow merchants, none of whom had yet approached me, or would for several weeks.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Everything about the survivors looks freaky spooked, as though the only thing containing their panic is their paralyzing fear.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Today had to be her eighteenth birthday, and the only present waiting for Clarke was a syringe that would paralyze her muscles until her heart stopped beating.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
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