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paralysis
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

2 uses
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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
  • It meant that he had seen or heard of something so ugly or frightening that he was paralyzed as a result.
    p. 195.9
  • Terror did not engulf me wholly, but crawled along my mind like a tedious paralysis.
    p. 235.8

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