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[stuhl-tuh-fahy] /ˈstʌl təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), stultified, stultifying.
1.
to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
2.
to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means:
Menial work can stultify the mind.
3.
Law. to allege or prove (oneself or another) to be of unsound mind.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Late Latin stultificāre, equivalent to Latin stult(us) stupid + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
stultification, noun
stultifier, noun
stultifyingly, adverb
nonstultification, noun
unstultified, adjective
unstultifying, adjective
Synonyms
2. cripple, impede, frustrate, hinder, thwart.
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British Dictionary definitions for stultifier

stultify

/ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make useless, futile, or ineffectual, esp by routine
2.
to cause to appear absurd or inconsistent
3.
to prove (someone) to be of unsound mind and thus not legally responsible
Derived Forms
stultification, noun
stultifier, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for stultifier
stultify
1766, "allege to be of unsound mind" (legal term), from L.L. stultificare "turn into foolishness," from L. stultus "foolish" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). The first element is cognate with L. stolidus "slow, dull, obtuse" (see stolid). Meaning "cause to appear foolish or absurd" is from 1809.
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