Stultifying
Stultify Stul"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stultified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stultifying}.] [L. stultus foolish + -fy.] 1. To make foolish; to make a fool of; as, to stultify one by imposition; to stultify one's self by silly reasoning or conduct. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To regard as a fool, or as foolish. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The modern sciolist stultifies all understanding but his own, and that which he conceives like his own. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) To allege or prove to be of unsound mind, so that the performance of some act may be avoided. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • stultifying — UK [ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪɪŋ] US adjective very boring, so that you feel like going to sleep instead of paying attention Thesaurus: not interesting or excitingsynonym Derived Words: stultify ▪ stultifyingly …   Useful english dictionary

  • stultifying — stul|ti|fy|ing [ˈstʌltıfaı ıŋ] adj formal [Date: 1700 1800; : Late Latin; Origin: stultificare to make stupid , from Latin stultus stupid ] so boring that you feel as though you are losing your ability to think ▪ a stultifying office environment… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stultifying — adjective so boring that you feel as though you are losing your ability to think: a stultifying exercise stultify verb (T) stultification / stVltifi keISFn/ noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stultifying — UK [ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪɪŋ] / US adjective very boring, so that you feel like going to sleep instead of paying attention Derived words: stultify verb transitive Word forms stultify : present tense I/you/we/they stultify he/she/it stultifies present… …   English dictionary

  • stultifying — adjective Tending to stultify …   Wiktionary

  • stultifying — stul|ti|fy|ing [ stʌltı,faııŋ ] adjective very boring, so that you feel like going to sleep instead of paying attention ╾ stul|ti|fy verb transitive ╾ stul|ti|fy|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stultifying — adj. mocking; regarded as a fool; proven to be insane (Law) stul·ti·fy || stÊŒltɪfaɪ v. mock, deride, degrade; render useless; prove to be insane (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stultifying — adjective cause to feel bored or enervated. → stultify …   English new terms dictionary

  • stultify — [[t]stʌ̱ltɪfaɪ[/t]] stultifies, stultifying, stultified VERB If something stultifies you, it makes you feel empty or dull in your mind, because it is so boring. [FORMAL] [V n] You couldn t say that island life stultified the Eunson girls... [V… …   English dictionary

  • stul´ti|fy´ing|ly — stul|ti|fy «STUHL tuh fy», transitive verb, fied, fy|ing. 1. to make worthless, useless, weak, or futile; frustrate: »to stultify a person s efforts or incentive, a program of reform stultified by public indifference, the stultifying atmosphere… …   Useful english dictionary

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