3. [syn: cripple, stultify]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stultify \Stul"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stultified; p. pr.
& vb. n. Stultifying.] [L. stultus foolish + -fy.]
1. To make foolish; to make a fool of; as, to stultify one by
imposition; to stultify one's self by silly reasoning or
2. To regard as a fool, or as foolish. [R.]
The modern sciolist stultifies all understanding but
his own, and that which he conceives like his own.
3. (Law) To allege or prove to be of unsound mind, so that
the performance of some act may be avoided.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's
incompetence; "nobody is legally allowed to stultify
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, stultify]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
77 Moby Thesaurus words for "stultify":
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