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)
References in classic literature ?
The ripest fruit of reason the stultification of reason.
From the late 1940s forward Irish society negotiated with varied circumstances, including political conservatism and social stultification, mass emigration, high levels of poverty, and unemployment.
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His characters respond to the stultification of authoritarianism by spending long hours in bed, the pleasures and desires of their sexual lives a tonic against the deadening weight of the state.
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For many of us there was always the suspicion that Benedict was never meant to be a longserving Pope - after so long a stultification with John Paul II, we needed a short breather, hence his election.
To combat frustration and stultification, the banned Western sources of intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic life, and of free information should be made available.
Though Elizabeth ultimately succeeds in finding this inner light, McGahern ends the novel with a dual focus; during the same lamp lighting ritual that opened the novel, Reegan battles inner "bitterness and contempt" (232) that suggest the continuing enclosure and stultification within the barracks.
The stultification of a yearning to explore and express the transcendent and to dramatize moral potential through extreme situations produced work after work that focused on the immediate and the obvious.
Even a United Nations determination in favor of partition would be, in the absence of such consent, a stultification and violation of UN's own charter.
65) Indeed, Mishkin valued such change even more highly than he did the symbolism of the declaratory view: "Law must in fact change, and its stultification would be too high a price to pay for maintenance of the symbolism.