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stultify

[ stuhl-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞st蕦l t蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), stul路ti路fied, stul路ti路fy路ing.
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 person) to be of unsound mind.
verb (used without object), stul路ti路fied, stul路ti路fy路ing.
to become ineffectual or impaired, especially through frustrating, stifling, or deadening conditions: Without novelty the mind can stultify.
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Origin of stultify

First recorded in 1760鈥70; from Late Latin stultific膩re, equivalent to Latin stult(us) 鈥渟tupid鈥 + -i- -i- + -fic膩re -fy

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British Dictionary definitions for stultify

stultify
/ (藞st蕦lt瑟藢fa瑟) /

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 stultify

stultification, nounstultifier, noun

Word Origin for stultify

C18: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make
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