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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
stul•ti•fy /ˈstʌltəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to make (someone) feel dull because of some boring, repeating activity:felt stultified by his humdrum job.
stul•ti•fi•ca•tion /ˌstʌltəfəkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
stul•ti•fy  (stultə fī′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
  2. to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, esp. by degrading or frustrating means:Menial work can stultify the mind.
  3. Lawto allege or prove (oneself or another) to be of unsound mind.
stul′ti•fi•cation, n. 
stulti•fi′er, n. 
stulti•fy′ing•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin stultificāre, equivalent. to Latin stult(us) stupid + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy
  • 1760–70
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cripple, impede, frustrate, hinder, thwart.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

stultify /ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)(transitive)
  1. to make useless, futile, or ineffectual, esp by routine
  2. to cause to appear absurd or inconsistent
Etymology: 18th Century: from Latin stultus stupid + facere to make

ˌstultifiˈcation n ˈstultiˌfier n


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