- 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
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Examples from the Web for stultify
But what the privileged orders can no longer prevent, they are determined to stultify.Scaramouche
I pointed out that time might stultify this selection of a title.Scally
Providence does not comply with our predictions in order to stultify us.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Have I ever done anything to stultify, degrade you, or impair your self-respect?Asiatic Breezes
Why, it does not run counter to its own sense of taste, or stultify itself.Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure
- 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
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.