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Intense FearPlay
Used when describing an overwhelming fear that immobilizes or shocks someone. SlideWhen she saw the snake, she was petrified.
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Doesn't always mean actual fear; can be used for dramatic effect. SlideI was petrified about missing the deadline, but managed to finish on time.
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Emotional WeightPlay
Carries a strong emotional weight; more impactful than 'scared' or 'frightened'. SlideThe intense movie scene left the audience petrified.