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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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


inability to act or make a decision
  • And the bell had the effect of releasing us all from the paralyzing tension we had just survived—but for only an instant.
    p. 45.5
  • The donkey's ass and hind legs simply dropped to the floor, as if the beast had suffered a selective stroke—or had been shot; its rump was paralyzed.
    p. 222.6
  • They stood paralyzed by their anger; but the major stepped smartly forward to greet Owen; the chauffeur opened the tailgate of the long, silver-gray hearse; and the mortician became the unctuous delegate of death—the busybody it was his nature to be.
    p. 596.6

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