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stultify

[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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Examples from the web for stultify
  • The surest way to stultify the advance of human knowledge is to put arbitrary limits on it.
  • The public must either admire, or else consent to stultify itself by not admiring.
  • They will not stultify themselves by voting against their convictions.
British Dictionary definitions for stultify

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 stultify
v.

1766, "allege to be of unsound mind" (legal term), from Late Latin stultificare "turn into foolishness," from Latin stultus "foolish" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). The first element is cognate with Latin stolidus "slow, dull, obtuse" (see stolid). Meaning "cause to appear foolish or absurd" is from 1809.

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