When something stultifies you, it drains you of your energy, enthusiasm, or pleasure. Listening to an hour-long graduation speech on a hot, humid day might stultify you.

The word stultify is sometimes used in place of to "bore" or "exhaust.” An uninspiring boss, too many rules, or a badly performed play can be stultifying. If you hang out in the hot sun all day, the stultifying heat might make you feel limp and listless. Even constant construction noise could stultify a person. To stultify a plan or person is to dampen enthusiasm in a big way.

Definitions of stultify
  1. verb
    deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless
    “Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work”
    synonyms: cripple
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    type of:
    lessen the strength of
  2. verb
    cause to appear foolish
    “He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent”
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    blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
    subject to laughter or ridicule
  3. verb
    prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence
    “nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself”
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    demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
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