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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.

stultifying

(ˈstʌltɪˌfaɪɪŋ)
adj
1. making useless, futile, or ineffectual, esp by routine
2. causing to appear absurd or inconsistent
Translations

stultifying

[ˈstʌltɪfaɪɪŋ] ADJ [work, regime, routine] → embrutecedor; [atmosphere] → sofocante, agobiante

stultifying

[ˈstʌltɪfaɪɪŋ] adjabrutissant(e)

stultifying

adjlähmend; boredom, inactivity alsoabstumpfend; to have a stultifying effect on somebodyjdn verkümmern lassen
References in classic literature ?
What's that stultifying saying about chowder-headed people?
Reverence for what somebody said is a stultifying quality: there's a damned sight too much reverence in the world.
If they had been at home, settled at Lowick in ordinary life among their neighbors, the clash would have been less embarrassing: but on a wedding journey, the express object of which is to isolate two people on the ground that they are all the world to each other, the sense of disagreement is, to say the least, confounding and stultifying.
In this parable the young shepherd is obviously the man of to-day; the snake that chokes him represents the stultifying and paralysing social values that threaten to shatter humanity, and the advice "Bite
The Three Lions struggled to create clear openings during a stultifying first half against a team ranked 190th in the world.
Rather, they appear to be a cautious party, reluctant to rock the boat lest the waves hamper their return to Nicola's stultifying, steady-as-she-goes Government.
It led to a stultifying first half broken only by Bony's 12th-minute goal, which was virtually handed to the hosts when Hull attempted to launch a counter-attack, only for Sone Aluko and Chuba Akpom to leave the ball for one another.
It led to a stultifying first half broken only by Bony's 12thminute goal, which was virtually handed to the hosts when Hull attempted to launch a counterattack, only for Sone Aluko and Chuba Akpom to leave the ball for one another.
Professor Richard Wyn Jones, of Cardiff University's Wales Governance centre, said the best intentions of politicians "risk being undermined by a lack of imagination in Whitehall as well as the stultifying legacy of Wales's place as part of a single England and Wales legal jurisdiction".
As a freshman in high school, I had two heroes, both of whom were condemned to isolation cells for speaking out against stultifying regimes of oppression.
Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-yearslater spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green helms a taxingly overearnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they're now called) lumber about in the background.
And as citizens who believe in free enterprise and liberty, I hope the future is shaped through elegant price signals rather than the stultifying regulations to regulate climate through the EPA.