When something stultifies you, it drains you of your energy, enthusiasm, or pleasure. A well-acted Shakespeare play can be a thrill. A poorly acted one can stultify like nothing else.

The verb stultify is sometimes used in place of "bore" or "exhaust," but only if something is so boring or exhausting that it makes you feel as though you might just die. It's a very negative word. If you're in a relationship that's stultifying, you should find a way out. Relationships should make you feel more alive, not less. Constant construction noise can have a stultifying effect, leaving a person almost unable to function.

Definitions of stultify

v deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

“Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work”
Type of:
lessen the strength of

v cause to appear foolish

“He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent”
Type of:
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
subject to laughter or ridicule

v prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence

“nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself”
Type of:
demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show
establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

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