[ stuhl-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈstʌl təˌfaɪ /
verb (used with object), stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·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) to be of unsound mind.
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Origin of stultify
OTHER WORDS FROM stultify
stul·ti·fi·ca·tion, 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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Example sentences from the Web for stultifyingly
The sill is freezing in the winter and stultifyingly hot in the summer.
British Dictionary definitions for stultifyingly
/ (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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