- 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
Synonyms for stultify
Related Words for stultifiedmock, hinder, prevent, smother, cripple, suffocate, negate, stifle, nullify, impair, inhibit, ridiculous
Examples from the Web for stultified
Historical Examples of stultified
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
He had the feeling that her individuality had been stultified.The Scarecrow and Other Stories
G. Ranger Wormser
They are stultified thought products; they do not really exist.The Second Fiddle
He hurried along filled with a lust that stultified his brain and will.Marching Men
- 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 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.