An example of stultify is a band playing the wrong song during a choreographed dance performance.
- to make seem foolish, stupid, inconsistent, etc.; make absurd or ridiculous
- to make dull or torpid
- to render worthless, useless, or futile
- Law to allege to be of unsound mind and therefore not legally responsible
Origin of stultifyLate Latin stultificare ; from Classical Latin stultus, foolish, akin to stolidus, stolid + facere, to make, do
transitive verbstul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing, stul·ti·fies
- To cause to lose interest or feel dull and not alert: The audience was stultified by the speaker's unchanging monotone.
- To render useless or ineffectual: “[She believed] that the requirements of conventional academic life can stultify imagination, stifle enthusiasm and deaden prose style” (Robert K. Massie).
- To cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous: “Should he now stultify himself in all those quarrels by admitting he had been cruel, unjust, and needlessly jealous?” (Anthony Trollope).
- Law To claim incapacity as setting aside or preventing enforcement of (a deed or contract).
Origin of stultifyLate Latin stultificare, to make foolish : Latin stultus, foolish; see stel- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficare, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present stultifies, present participle stultifying, simple past and past participle stultified)
From Latin stultus "stupid, foolish".