- 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 stultifying
It began, for them all, with the urge to seek some form of liberty and escape the stultifying conventions of Regency England.The Man Who Invented Vampires and the Creepiest Literary Gathering Ever
November 24, 2013
The ubiquity of burgers (sliders and/or full-sizers) has been overwhelming, and stultifying.Tacos Conquer the World
Jacquelynn D. Powers
October 6, 2010
Once he forgot recounting the past, out went the stultifying “obligations.”Martin Amis' Sexual Revolution
May 10, 2010
For such is the stultifying effect of a civilized environment.The Wreck of the Titan
The Church is doing wrong, is stultifying herself in encouraging it.The Inside of the Cup, Complete
Then she considered the weakness, the stultifying nature of her attempt at recall.Two on a Tower
What truly sensitive soul could exist in a stultifying atmosphere like this?Once a Greech
Evelyn E. Smith
Mason felt that he was stultifying his country in condemning slavery.Great Britain and the American Civil War
Ephraim Douglass Adams
- 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 stultifying
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.