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stultify
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to dull or deprive of strength

or:

cause to appear foolish
  • 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.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (78% in)
  • 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.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (49% in)

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