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STIFLING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stifling mean? 

STIFLING (noun)
  The noun STIFLING has 1 sense:

1. forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority

  Familiarity information: STIFLING used as a noun is very rare.


STIFLING (adjective)
  The adjective STIFLING has 1 sense:

1. characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

  Familiarity information: STIFLING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STIFLING (noun)


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Meaning:

Forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

crushing; quelling; stifling; suppression

Context examples:

the suppression of heresy / the quelling of the rebellion / the stifling of all dissent

Hypernyms ("stifling" is a kind of...):

bar; prevention (the act of preventing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stifling"):

crackdown (severely repressive actions)


STIFLING (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

Synonyms:

stifling; sultry; sulfurous; sulphurous

Context examples:

the summer was sultry and oppressive / the stifling atmosphere / the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm

Similar:

hot (used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning)


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