verb (used with object), stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing.
Origin of stultify
Synonyms for stultify
Examples from the Web for stultify
We take from the metal before casting as much as we restore by polish afterwards, and thus we curse and stultify both sexes.
He would not have condescended to stultify himself by the composition of such a bill.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
All his life he—Laurence—had been liable to stultify himself by permitting his imagination to turn up in the wrong place.The Gateless Barrier|Lucas Malet
Her knowledge was more profound than his, for she had never learned to stultify it with reasons.Idolatry|Julian Hawthorne
The finest cutting machine unintelligently operated will stultify the best efforts of the printing plant.Paper-Cutting Machines|Niel, Jr., Gray
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
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.