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stultify

[stuhl-tuh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing.
  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 of stultify

1760–70; < Late Latin stultificāre, equivalent to Latin stult(us) stupid + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
Related formsstul·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounstul·ti·fi·er, nounstul·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·stul·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounun·stul·ti·fied, adjectiveun·stul·ti·fy·ing, adjective

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2. cripple, impede, frustrate, hinder, thwart.
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stultify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  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
Derived Formsstultification, nounstultifier, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for stultifyingly

stultify

v.

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.

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