[ stuhl-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈstʌl təˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing.
to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means: Must we stultify the progress of these reforms with yet more red tape?
Law. to allege or prove (oneself or another person) to be of unsound mind.
Older Use. to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
verb (used without object), stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing.
to become ineffectual or impaired, especially through frustrating, stifling, or deadening conditions: Without an environment of encouragement and creativity, the mind can stultify.
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Origin of stultify
OTHER WORDS FROM stultify
stul·ti·fi·ca·tion [stuhl-tuh-fi-key-shuhn], /ˌstʌl tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounstul·ti·fi·er, nounstul·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·stul·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
un·stul·ti·fied, adjectiveun·stul·ti·fy·ing, adjective
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How to use stultify in a sentence
With the coming of Christianity this science, as well as all others, was stultified.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
Hurstwood saw her depart with some faint stirrings of shame, which were the expression of a manhood rapidly becoming stultified.Sister Carrie|Theodore Dreiser
The divinely restless reaching out of art was stultified by geometric rule.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
In deference to Tibetan wishes, we allowed nearly every clause of the treaty to be separately stultified.The Unveiling of Lhasa|Edmund Candler
In that hour of clear vision he saw how she had always stultified the boy, to keep him safe.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for stultify
/ (ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
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
Derived forms of stultifystultification, nounstultifier, noun
Word Origin for stultify
C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make
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