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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
The ripest fruit of reason the stultification of reason.
Another irony is that Brunei, which was the first of the Borneo territories to experience a political awakening from the mid-1940s in the form of the Barisan Pemuda Brunei and the PRB, has subsequently experienced an extended period of political stultification. It is difficult to imagine the hundred or more rebels killed in December 1962 ever being accorded hero status.
Jacotot calls the method of the master 'enforced stultification'.
Detractors note that if pursued to the exclusion of mono-disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity can result in excessive eclecticism, historical reductionism and the stultification of advances in the production of depth knowledge.
Williams began his consideration of the matter by criticising the impotence and ambiguity of the Judges' Rules, and accusing the courts of tending "to wink at breaches of the Rules, at any rate if the [criminal] charge is a serious one." (44) His profound concern over haphazard enforcement of the regime led him to argue that "[w]hen judges both assert that the police should discipline themselves, and yet admit evidence that has been obtained through disregard of the judicially-imposed discipline, the stultification of our professions becomes patent." (45) Indeed, Dr.
Film schools (which encourage mimicry) had yet to start rolling; at colleges, "cinema" was a barely taught subject, and thus still free of academic stultification; the Euro-subsidy safety net and TV sales did not exist to encourage art for art's sake; and the European Union, then still known as the Common Market, had yet to start smoothing out Europe's jagged edges and encourage consensual politics.
After all, Gao's award was an overdue recognition of a national literature that had long since cast off most of the Mao era's intellectual stultification. The surprise many scholars felt derived from the fact that Gao's early-to-mid-1980s fame within China had faded ever since he became an expatriate in 1987.
Whether in mauve or white or emerald or scarlet, Streep illuminates the night, as she plays the flamboyant actress who struggles to preserve her passion for the theater against the hostility of her suicidal son, the stultification of the Russian countryside, the threat of aging and the danger of losing her glamour and her lover (to the younger actress).
In the Garment Center, there is a fresh vitality in a sector that had basked in the stuffy stultification of one industry -- forever.
It's for the likes of the latter that literary prize contests are organized: fraudulent novelists write novels with a thesis--proletarian novels, inspirational novels, redemptive novels, sex novels--and the host of nonsense books that are invented for the stultification of man, who was once called, in happier times, the measure of all things.
While the thirty thousand people who make up its working membership are set within the co-operativist tradition, they claim to have found a way of renewing its vitality, so avoiding the stultification which so often affected cooperative ventures in the years following the Second World War.
165, 173 (1952) ("It would be a stultification of the responsibility which the course of constitutional history has cast upon this Court to hold that in order to convict a man the police cannot extract by force what is in his mind but can extract what is in his stomach.").