- 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 stultifyingly
The sill is freezing in the winter and stultifyingly hot in the summer.The Bag Lady Papers Cont'd
December 22, 2008
- 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 stultifyingly
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.