stifling Meaning, Definition & Usage
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
verb conceal or hide
muffle; strangle; stifle; smother; repress.
- smother a yawn
- muffle one's anger
- strangle a yawn
verb smother or suppress
- Stifle your curiosity
verb impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate; choke.
- The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
verb be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate.
- The child suffocated under the pillow
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
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