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  • Flat, gently rolling, it is stultifying.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • What fired the imagination of my students one week bored and stultified them the next.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And now shall we leave him in the hands of his enemies—shall we allow them to stifle and stultify his example?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • What’s that stultifying saying about chowder-headed people?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • He sat mutely in a ponderous, stultifying melancholy, waiting expectantly for Corporal Whitcomb to walk back in.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying, it was not unique.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The emotion of nonviolence was building in him until it became a prejudice like any other thought-stultifying prejudice.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • _ An American sailor, who was cast away on the shore of Africa, where he was kept in slavery for three years, was, at the expiration of that period, found to be imbruted and stultified—he had lost all reasoning power; and having forgotten his native language, could only utter some savage gibberish between Arabic and English, which nobody could understand, and which even he himself found difficulty in pronouncing.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The knowledge that death is inevitable had earlier proved a challenge to bold undertakings and to victorious action; but now it stultifies action and brings the new experience of defeat.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • "In his office!" said the man, with a stultified air.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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  • In the gallery the citizens stood and yawned, then wandered off into the less stultifying atmosphere of the hallway or gazed out the windows with awed expressions, watching the snow lash toward them in parabolas before it struck against the leaded panes.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He was stultified, shocked, paralysed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Hurstwood saw her depart with some faint stirrings of shame, which were the expression of a manhood rapidly becoming stultified.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The slow discovery of the seventh sense, by which both men and women contrive to ride the waves of a world in which there is war, adultery, compromise, fear, stultification and hypocrisy—this discovery is not a matter for triumph.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the pause which followed, Jude’s eyes fixed themselves with a stultified expression on the opposite seat.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Well, I tell you I am no longer that passive, weak creature that has spun evil from evil till the web is vast and thick while I remain its stultified victim.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Yet as he prowled in quest of that call, his senses, stultified only by his desire, would note keenly all that wounded or shamed them; his eyes, a ring of porter froth on a clothless table or a photograph of two soldiers standing to attention or a gaudy playbill; his ears, the drawling jargon of greeting: —Hello, Bertie, any good in your mind?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • For all of our talk of expansion and pioneering spirit these past five centuries, we all know how stultified and static our human universe has become.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She could do the most prosy things (though she was wise enough never to stultify herself with such "household arts" as knitting and embroidery), yet immediately afterward pick up a book and let her imagination rove as a formless cloud with the wind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He had been afraid of wounding her all his life and voluntarily stuck to a stultifying discipline of monogamy, and now, after twenty years, he suddenly learned that it had all been superfluous and he had given up scores of women because of a misunderstanding!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • An editorial in a Kansas newspaper screamed: On Saturday last Edmund G. Ross, United States Senator from Kansas, sold himself, and betrayed his constituents; stultified his own record, basely lied to his friends, shamefully violated his solemn pledge …. and to the utmost of his poor ability signed the death warrant of his country’s liberty.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • 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.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …and garrulous folly, that shape without even a face yet because I had not even seen the photograph then, reflected in the secret and bemused gaze of a young girl: because I who had learned nothing of love, not even parents’ love—that find dear constant violation of privacy, that stultification of the burgeoning and incorrigible I which is the meed and due of all mammalian meat, became not mistress, not beloved, but more than even love; I became all polymath love’s androgynous advocate.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Still he feared that stultifying thing which must have been hate.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Up to that moment Tom had been mostly stultified by emotion utterly new to him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • A singular stultifying shock passed over her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • She fled the main street and the stultifying heat for the shade of narrow alleyways.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • They had just come from the stultifying workaday world of the ad agencies, money managers, and law firms in the entertainment district around Century Boulevard.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • And the idea had obsessed him, softened him, had grown like a stultifying lichen upon his will, had shorn him of a wild, bold spirit she now strangely longed to see him feel.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • And there you had the central dogma of atheistic freethinkers and their pseudo-religion, which presumed to abolish the Book of Genesis and replace it with a stultifying fable of enlightened knowledge, as if Haeckel had been present at the creation of the earth.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Here was a disaster—her ingenious scheme completely stultified.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • We shall have the sham reformers self-stultified and self-convicted; we shall have the radical Democracy left without a lie with which to cover its nakedness!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I confess I am utterly stultified in my estimate of you.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Shefford held her with shaking hands, trying to speak, to fight a way out of these stultifying emotions.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Her face — as beautiful as a blooming flower to him now — was distorted with a new kind of torture, the tissues serenely swollen, her half-closed eyes misty and unseeing with the stultifying languor of desire.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That stultifying and blinding prejudice which had always seemed to remove a Mormon outside the pale of certain virtue suffered final eclipse; and Joe Lake stood out a man, strange and crude, but with a heart and a soul.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He had spoken to her in a way that made a phrase of common politeness difficult to utter; and yet, now that he had come to the point of going away from her without further speech, he shrank from it as a brutality; he felt checked and stultified in his anger.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • At breakfast, and while they were packing the few remaining articles, he showed his weariness from the night’s effort so unmistakeably that Tess was on the point of revealing all that had happened; but the reflection that it would anger him, grieve him, stultify him, to know that he had instinctively manifested a fondness for her of which his common-sense did not approve, that his inclination had compromised his dignity when reason slept, again deterred her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • As strange wild birds are seen assembled on some lofty promontory, meditatively pausing for longer flights, or to return by the course they followed thither, so here, in this cliff-town, stood in stultified silence the yellow and green caravans bearing names not local, as if surprised by a change in the landscape so violent as to hinder their further progress; and here they usually remained all the winter till they turned to seek again their old tracks in the following spring.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself
  • He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent
  • Their behavior stultified the boss’s hard work
  • He recognized that he must not stultify it by a show of irritation.
    Davis, Richard  --  A Wasted Day
  • And now shall we leave him in the hands of his enemies—shall we allow them to stifle and stultify his example?
    Sinclair, Upton  --  The Jungle
  • To do so would be to stultify my whole position.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • "Then we stultify ourselves downstairs," said Raffles.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Raffles, Further Adventures Of The Amateur Cracksman
  • Reverence for what somebody said is a stultifying quality: there’s a damned sight too much reverence in the world.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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