stul´ti|fy´ing|ly


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 of a prison or dictatorship. It was infinitely dreary, stultifying, and meaningless (Harper's).

2. to cause to appear foolish or absurd; reduce to foolishness or absurdity: »

Many oldline companies…clinging to their past practices, their stale traditions and stultifying smugness (Christian Science Monitor).

3. Law. to allege (a person or oneself) to be of unsound mind.
[< Late Latin stultificāre < Latin stultus foolish + facere to make]
stul´ti|fy´ing|ly, adverb.

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