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Definition a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods

(may give way to short periods of extreme excitement; often associated with schizophrenia)
  • He is non-responsive — perhaps catatonic.
  • Can a machine be so frightened and hurt that it will go into catatonia and refuse to respond?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • For days the girl was almost catatonic.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • He sat catatonic, his eyes drifting over the lawn.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • With Rachelle and Johan in their present catatonic state, it would be impossible.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • She is four years old, catatonic, and incontinent.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The man lay on his side, half catatonic, whispering and drooling.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I sat, catatonic, in shock, knowing my destination but not knowing my fate.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Max turned and glared at the sleeping Agent, who appeared almost catatonic beneath a heavy wool blanket.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • When it tried to compartmentalize them it went schizoid; when it tried to integrate them it went catatonic.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The drowning she had just witnessed had left her catatonic, virtually paralyzed with shock and despair.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Or have you gone into a catatonic state?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • A catatonic Jew was as good as a dead one.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Now I knew a word for this condition: catatonic.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • It was a case of catatonic schizophrenia, he said.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • The ants I encountered were no longer catatonic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • She'd collapsed at her desk, was found on the floor, catatonic, and was rushed here, where the care surpassed what she could have received anywhere else.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Dr. Gerandy was throwing around words like 'catatonic,' but I didn't let him up to see her.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • It wouldn't do the kid any good to see you catatonic.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The boy became almost catatonic.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'

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