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ossified

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Definition of ideas:  rigid and inflexible

of body tissue:  hardened into bone
  • The disease ossified the tissue
ossified = hardened into bone
  • ossified teaching methods
  • All past oligarchies have fallen from power either because they ossified or because they grew soft.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • ossified = became rigid and inflexible
  • This process is ossification.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • ossification = the process of becoming rigid and inflexible
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Must be ossified to forget he left this out.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Say, he was simply ossified!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • —merely rational thought leaves the mind incurably crippled in a closed and ossified system, it can only extrapolate from the past.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Shiny slabs of black rock, ossified lava flow, covered much of the ground.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 his amazement was betrayed by the outspreading of the fingers of his two aged hands, which quivered all over, his knees formed an angle in front, allowing, through the...
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ...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!
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "I could tell you the ossification pattern for fetal bones, but that's about it."
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Look," Esther said, "I'm not saying we have to go to Ossify.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Here we stopped, turning our horses over to the attention of a hostler, who moved so slowly as to seem ossified.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • 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

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