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stultify

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transitive verb stul·ti·fy \ˈstəl-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of stultify

  • : to cause (someone or something) to become dull, slow, etc.

Full Definition of stultify

stul·ti·fiedstul·ti·fy·ing

  1. 1 archaic :  to allege or prove to be of unsound mind and hence not responsible

  2. 2 :  to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical

  3. 3a :  to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective :  negateb :  to have a dulling or inhibiting effect on

stul·ti·fi·ca·tion play \ˌstəl-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of stultify

  1. The government has been stultified by bureaucracy.



Origin of stultify

Late Latin stultificare to make foolish, from Latin stultus foolish; akin to Latin stolidus stolid


First Known Use: 1737

Rhymes with stultify

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