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paralysis
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
  • ...we prefix so significant and infidel a word, and yet do not thus entitle him, if he but embarks for the remotest Indies of this living earth; why the Life Insurance Companies pay death-forfeitures upon immortals; in what eternal, unstirring paralysis, and deadly, hopeless trance, yet lies antique Adam who died sixty round centuries ago; how it is that we still refuse to be comforted for those who we nevertheless maintain are dwelling in unspeakable bliss; why all the living so strive...
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (12% in)
  • This was still more strangely evinced by those of their number, who, completely paralysed as it were, helplessly floated like water-logged dismantled ships on the sea.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (68% in)

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