stultify

[stuhl-tuh-fahy]
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:
1760–70; < Late Latin stultificāre, equivalent to Latin stult(us) stupid + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy

stultification, noun
stultifier, noun
stultifyingly, adverb
nonstultification, noun
unstultified, adjective
unstultifying, adjective


2. cripple, impede, frustrate, hinder, thwart.
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stultify (ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -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
 
[C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make]
 
stultifi'cation
 
n
 
'stultifier
 
n

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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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Example sentences
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.
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