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stifling Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
    quelling; crushing; suppression.
    • the suppression of heresy
    • the quelling of the rebellion
    • the stifling of all dissent
  2. verb conceal or hide
    muffle; strangle; stifle; smother; repress.
    • smother a yawn
    • muffle one's anger
    • strangle a yawn
  3. verb smother or suppress
    stifle; dampen.
    • Stifle your curiosity
  4. verb impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate; choke.
    • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
  5. verb be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate.
    • The child suffocated under the pillow
  6. adjective satellite characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    sulfurous; sultry; sulphurous.
    • the summer was sultry and oppressive
    • the stifling atmosphere
    • the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm