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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.
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stultifying

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

stultifying

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

[ˈstʌltɪfaɪɪŋ] adjabrutissant(e)
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stultifying

adjlähmend; boredom, inactivity alsoabstumpfend; to have a stultifying effect on somebodyjdn verkümmern lassen
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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. To have changed your longitude extensively and placed yourselves in a moral solitude in order to have small explosions, to find conversation difficult and to hand a glass of water without looking, can hardly be regarded as satisfactory fulfilment even to the toughest minds.
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!
"As soon as you ditch the stultifying Savoy Opera conventions and traditions around the way Gilbert and Sullivan has, for a long time, been performed, the text and the music come alive."
Schools have become stultifying for pupils, but parents need to know how children are doing.
Yet, village atheists -- as these godless freethinkers came to be known by the close of the 19t century -- were also hailed for their gutsy dissent from stultifying pieties and for posing a necessary secularist challenge to majoritarian entanglements of church and state.
To answer, things we need to look at are the stultifying politically correct curriculum, an absence of proper role models, failure to maintain a classical curriculum, a growing decline in parental involvement (probably the biggest road to failure), and teachers and staff with an unclear mission who have minimal authority to keep order and discipline.
The summer is getting hotter, so it's best to 'cool down' and take a trip to places where the heat isn't as stultifying. We asked more celebrities to share with us their fave summer getaways: Lovi Poe
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.