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[stuhl-tuh-fahy] /ˈstʌl təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), stultified, stultifying.
to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means:
Menial work can stultify the mind.
Law. to allege or prove (oneself or another) to be of unsound mind.
Origin of stultify
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
2. cripple, impede, frustrate, hinder, thwart. Unabridged
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  • The finest cutting machine unintelligently operated will stultify the best efforts of the printing plant.

    Paper-Cutting Machines Niel, Jr., Gray
  • But what the privileged orders can no longer prevent, they are determined to stultify.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Better it is to have no attempt at explanation of my case, than a hundred that stultify one another.

  • Providence does not comply with our predictions in order to stultify us.

  • Her knowledge was more profound than his, for she had never learned to stultify it with reasons.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • Have I ever done anything to stultify, degrade you, or impair your self-respect?

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • Even so, let a Christian stand for Christianity, and not stultify his intellect by professing to hold to both religions.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • How can I imperil that love, and how can I stultify that honour?

    A Fool's Paradise Sydney Grundy
  • "To thank men like Cowan, who did not desire to enfranchise woman any more than the negro, was to stultify ourselves," he said.

  • To prevent their fulfilment were to stultify their existence.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for stultify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to make useless, futile, or ineffectual, esp by routine
to cause to appear absurd or inconsistent
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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