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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Definitions for stultify

  1. to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
  2. to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means: Menial work can stultify the mind.
  3. Law. to allege or prove (oneself or another) to be of unsound mind.

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Citations for stultify
I have become your poodle. You trample on my heart, you crush me, you stultify me, and I love you as I have never loved in my life. Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Betty, translated by James Waring, 1901
Tess was on the point of speaking and revealing all that had happened; but the reflection that it would anger him, grieve him, stultify him, by letting him know that he had instinctively manifested a fondness for her of which his common-sense did not approve; that his inclination had compromised his dignity when reason slept, again deterred her. It was too much like laughing at a man when sober for his erratic deeds during intoxication. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, 1891
Origin of stultify
1760-1770
Stultify finds its roots in the Latin word stultus meaning "stupid; foolish." It entered English in the 1760s.