transfix

transfix

/transˈfɪks/ [trans-fix]
verb
[with object]
1 Cause (someone) to become motionless with horror, wonder, or astonishment.
2 Pierce with a sharp implement or weapon.

Origin
Late 16th century (in transfix (sense 2)): from Latin transfix- ‘pierced through’, from the verb transfigere, from trans- ‘across’ + figere ‘fix, fasten’.

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Benny was transfixed, not by some evil stare, but by the spikes through his feet into the planking of the deck.

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