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Get the Word of the Day – stultify


Stultify / STUHL-tuh-fahy / verb


1. to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
2. to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means: Menial work can stultify the mind.


I have become your poodle. You trample on my heart, you crush me, you stultify me, and I love you as I have never loved in my life.
— Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Betty, translated by James Waring, 1901


Stultify finds its roots in the Latin word stultus meaning “stupid; foolish.” It entered English in the 1760s.

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