stultification


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stul·ti·fy

 (stŭl′tə-fī′)
tr.v. stul·ti·fied, stul·ti·fy·ing, stul·ti·fies
1. To cause to lose interest or feel dull and not alert: The audience was stultified by the speaker's unchanging monotone.
2. 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).
3. 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).
4. Law To claim incapacity as setting aside or preventing enforcement of (a deed or contract).

[Late Latin stultificāre, to make foolish : Latin stultus, foolish; see stel- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

stul′ti·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
stul′ti·fi′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stultification - derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
derision - contemptuous laughter
2.stultification - the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
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The ripest fruit of reason the stultification of reason.
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Although deregulatory, a superior-preemptive FTC enforcement agenda would hardly reflect the sort of legal and economic stultification concerns that Sunstein expresses about Lochner.
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Past practices of museum education conceived of the viewer as passive relying on the expert to explicate the "correct" meaning of images and artwork amounting to a stultification wherein spectators are taught that they are incapable of seeing and speaking in relation to what they are viewing (Ranciere, 2008/2009).
that prevailed in Western awareness from the Aufklarung to the scientism of the nineteenth century" (28) and reviews the evils that came hand-in-hand with so-called technical progress in "the oppressed proletariat and the starving Third World," in the "trivialization of existence," in the "atrophy of inner life," in the "increasing alienation of consciousness, blinded to the point of stultification by the mass media.
Call it Esolen's Law of the Distributive Property of Stultification over Tradition.