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English definition of “paralytic”


adjective     /ˌpær.əˈlɪt.ɪk/ US  /ˌper.əˈlɪt̬-/
UK informal extremely drunk Drunkenness and sobriety related to or connected with paralysis : a paralytic illness Lack of freedom to act
(Definition of paralytic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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