Definition: a trancelike state of consciousness marked by of voluntary motion in which one’s limbs remain in whatever position they are placed.
The Greek prefix kata represents the adverb ‘down’, while katalepsis represents a seizure.
Why this word?
On too many occasions in life, we are too shocked, too sad, too happy or too [any other profound emotion] to be able to move. This noun, catalepsy, represents this state exactly. When coming to think about it, we experience it more than we know. Catalepsy may stand its ground even for a tiny millisecond, that exact moment we need in order for us to collect ourselves after an overwhelming attack of emotions.
Catalepsy is also a medical term that is related to hypnosis or shock.
How to use catalepsy in a sentence?
Catalepsy is a noun representing a state of mind in which one is simply unable to move.
“She broke his heart; he was catalepsy struck as she told him she was leaving, he remained motionless for the 30 minutes it took me to arrive“.
Catalepsy has a complementing adjective- cataleptic, don’t go mismatching the two:
“Nathan clearly lacks the needed experience. He was almost cataleptic throughout the meeting“.