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Definition to dull or deprive of strength


cause to appear foolish

Archaic legal usage:  to stultify is to prove someone to be of unsound mind or to demonstrate someone's incompetence
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hurstwood saw her depart with some faint stirrings of shame, which were the expression of a manhood rapidly becoming stultified.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • 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
  • In the pause which followed, Jude's eyes fixed themselves with a stultified expression on the opposite seat.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A singular stultifying shock passed over her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He sat mutely in a ponderous, stultifying melancholy, waiting expectantly for Corporal Whitcomb to walk back in.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • He was stultified, shocked, paralysed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • 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
  • "In his office!" said the man, with a stultified air.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying, it was not unique.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • What's that stultifying saying about chowder-headed people?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The emotion of nonviolence was building in him until it became a prejudice like any other thought-stultifying prejudice.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • 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
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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