SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of stultify 1760–70;
Late Latin stultificāre,
) stupid +
-ficāre -fy Related forms stul·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun stul·ti·fi·er, noun stul·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverb non·stul·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun un·stul·ti·fied, adjective un·stul·ti·fy·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stultifyingly Contemporary Examples of stultifyingly British Dictionary definitions for stultifyingly 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 stultification, noun stultifier, noun Word Origin for stultify
C18: from Latin
stultus stupid + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for stultifyingly v.
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.
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