Is there a word in English that is more or less synonymous with 'boring to death', as for example, fratricide is synonymous with killing a brother?

I would guess that there probably isn't a 'proper' word for boring to death, but I'd be grateful for any intelligent suggestions!

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    This expression is a hyperbole (i.e. you can't really bore someone so much that they die) so there's no formal synonym, especially of the kind you suggest involving "-cide". – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Apr 9 '16 at 23:34
  • Can someone die of boredom in a hospital. – Autistic Apr 10 '16 at 1:14
  • Certainly - this form of medical misadventure would be termed "death by iatrogenic stultification." – James McLeod Apr 10 '16 at 7:30

Stultify is very close. Stultify at Vocabulary.com

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.

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