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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for stultified

Historical Examples

  • With the coming of Christianity this science, as well as all others, was stultified.

    The Necessity of Atheism

    Dr. D.M. Brooks

  • More than that,” said Rooney, with decision; “he must be stultified.

    Red Rooney

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • He had the feeling that her individuality had been stultified.

  • They are stultified thought products; they do not really exist.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome

  • He hurried along filled with a lust that stultified his brain and will.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for stultified

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
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Derived Formsstultification, nounstultifier, noun

Word Origin

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

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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