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transfix (v.)

1580s, "pierce through, impale," from French transfixer (15c.), from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans "across, beyond; through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (from PIE root *dheigw- "to stick, fix"). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.

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Definitions of transfix from WordNet

transfix (v.)
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe;
Synonyms: fascinate / grip / spellbind
transfix (v.)
pierce with a sharp stake or point;
Synonyms: impale / empale / spike
From wordnet.princeton.edu