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TO STULTIFY. To make or declare insane. It is a general rule in the English law, that a man shall not be permitted to stultify himself; that is, he shall not be allowed to plead his insanity to avoid a contract. 2 Bl. Com. 291; Fonb. Eq. b. 1, c. 2, 1; Pow. on Contr. 19.
     2. In the United States, this rule seems to have been exploded, and the party may himself avoid his acts except those of record, and contracts for necessaries and services rendered, by allegation and proof of insanity. 5 Whart. R. 371, 379; 2 Kent, Com. 451; 3 Day, R. 90; 3 Conn. R. 203: 5 Pick. R. 431; 5 John R. 503.; 1 Bland. R. 376. Vide Fonb. Eq b. 1, c. 2, Sec. 1, note 1; 2 Str. R. 1104; 3 Camp. R. 125; 7 Dowl. & Ryl. 614; 3 C. & P. 30; 1 Hagg. C. R. 414.

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Although some British officials were racist bullies--Bertrand Russell went so far as to call the Empire 'a cesspool for British moral refuse'--most were stultifyingly conventional.
I can think of a word that rhymes with "lighthouse" that's much closer to describing their style of stultifyingly dull music.
Muller interrogates the "willingness" of "many" gay composers who were "supported and fostered by the institutional structures of apartheid South Africa with its stultifyingly narrow and often hypocritical moralistic code" to "serve apartheid society regardless of the denial of their rights freely to live their lives as they chose and the palpable resonance of this repression with the racial intolerance of apartheid society" (38).
Printing, while lucrative, was stultifyingly boring.
Two views of a stultifyingly salon are indentified as "Interior of Madame D.
The professor, at home with the idea of his student, finds it stultifyingly difficult to reconcile that idea with the material consequences of the student's life.
The psychological opposite of the adventuresome, risk-taking, and passionately curious exuberant individual may be the overcautious and stultifyingly judicious approach of the bureaucrat.
The Times, he argues, remained strong in traditional areas, such as foreign-affairs reporting, but about culture, social trends, and business it had become stultifyingly dull: "One of our dirty" little in-house secrets was that even we, who were paid to read it, often couldn't hack the Sunday paper.
Presumably he let this fence dry before sitting on it during his stultifyingly dull second career as a match analyser.
He suggests that some may consider these stories a fair representation of daily life in Russia by virtue of being both stultifyingly repetitious and dangerously unpredictable.
Based on what Kornbluth described as his "late-'80s misadventures as a really, really bad legal secretary," Haiku Tunnel at first appears to be a trip through the bizarre corridors of life in the workaday corporate world where bosses give minions stultifyingly long documents about what's expected of them.
Stultifyingly dull matches, a lack of passion for anything but the biggest games, crowds that are shamed in size by even our second division and, worst of all, sickening racism on the terraces.