AskDefine | Define stultify

Dictionary Definition

stultify

Verb

1 prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence; "nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself"
2 cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"
3 deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless; "This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work" [syn: cripple] [also: stultified]

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English

Etymology

From stultior "stupid, foolish".

Pronunciation

  • /ˈstʌltɪfaɪ/ or /ˈstʌltəfaɪ/

Verb

  1. To prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence.
  2. To cause to appear foolish.
  3. To deprive of strength or efficacy; make useless or worthless.

Translations

to prove to be of unsound mind
to cause to appear foolish
to deprive of strength or efficacy

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

annul, asphyxiate, befool, bottle up, bring to nothing, buffer, cancel, cancel out, censor, check, choke off, clamp down on, come to nothing, constipate, cork, cork up, counterbalance, crack down on, crush, damp down, deaden, discourage, drown, dull, dupe, enfeeble, extinguish, frustrate, gag, gull, hold down, impair, infatuate, inhibit, invalidate, jump on, keep down, keep under, kill, muzzle, negate, negativate, negative, neutralize, nullify, offset, pour water on, put down, put on, quash, quell, quench, repress, restrain, shut down on, silence, sit down on, sit on, smash, smother, squash, squelch, stagnate, stanch, stifle, strangle, stunt, subdue, suffocate, suppress, throttle, thwart, trammel, undo, vitiate, void, weaken
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