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From Latin stultus (stupid, foolish), +‎ -ify.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstʌltɪfaɪ/, /ˈstʌltəfaɪ/
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stultify (third-person singular simple present stultifies, present participle stultifying, simple past and past participle stultified)

  1. (transitive) To cause to appear foolish.
    Synonym: humiliate
    • 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XX, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume (please specify |volume=I, II, III, or IV), Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book (please specify |book=I to VIII):
      If they had been at home, settled at Lowick in ordinary life among their neighbors, the clash would have been less embarrassing: but on a wedding journey, the express object of which is to isolate two people on the ground that they are all the world to each other, the sense of disagreement is, to say the least, confounding and stultifying.
  2. (transitive) To deprive of strength or efficacy; make useless or worthless.
    Synonyms: inhibit, impair, dull
  3. (transitive, archaic, originally law) To prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence.
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Further reading[edit]

  • stultify”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary