stifling


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sti·fling

 (stī′flĭng)
adj.
1. Very hot or stuffy: The air was stifling in the closed room.
2. Inhibiting, stultifying, or oppressive: "The scholarly correctness of our age can be stifling" (Annalyn Swan).

sti′fling·ly adv.

stifling

(ˈstaɪflɪŋ)
adj
oppressively hot or stuffy: a stifling atmosphere.
ˈstiflingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stifling - forceful preventionstifling - forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent"
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
crackdown - severely repressive actions
Adj.1.stifling - characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm"
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; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot stuffy room"; "she's hot and tired"; "a hot forehead"

stifling

adjective
1. suffocating, close, oppressive, airless, sticky, muggy The stifling heat of the little room was beginning to make me nauseous.

stifling

adjective
Oppressive due to a lack of fresh air:
Translations
خَانِقخانِق
dusný
kvælendetrykkende
tukahduttava
zagušljiv
fojtogató
kæfandi
むっとする
숨막히는 듯한
kvävande
ร้อนและอบ
ngột ngạt

stifling

[ˈstaɪflɪŋ] ADJ (lit, fig) → agobiante
it's stifling in here¡hace un calor agobiante or sofocante aquí dentro!
the atmosphere in the company is stiflingen la compañía hay una atmósfera agobiante

stifling

[ˈstaɪflɪŋ] adj
[heat] → étouffant(e)
[atmosphere, situation] → étouffant(e)

stifling

adj
fumes, smokeerstickend; heatdrückend; it’s stifling in herees ist ja zum Ersticken hier drin (inf)
(fig)beengend; situationerdrückend; atmospherestickig

stifling

[ˈstaɪflɪŋ] adj (heat) → soffocante
it's stifling in here → qui non si respira

stifle

(ˈstaifl) verb
1. to prevent, or be prevented, from breathing (easily) eg because of bad air, an obstruction over the mouth and nose etc; to suffocate. He was stifled to death when smoke filled his bedroom; I'm stifling in this heat!
2. to extinguish or put out (flames).
3. to suppress (a yawn, a laugh etc).
ˈstifling adjective
very hot, stuffy etc. stifling heat; It's stifling in here.

stifling

خَانِق dusný kvælende stickig αποπνικτικός sofocante tukahduttava suffocant zagušljiv soffocante むっとする 숨막히는 듯한 verstikkend kvelende duszący sufocante душный kvävande ร้อนและอบ boğucu ngột ngạt 沉闷的
References in classic literature ?
So, stifling a natural regret at the thought of the home comforts he would leave behind him, he said stoutly, Bless your soul, I'm not superannuated yet.
Another time she might have made an effort to regain her composure; but her one thought was to quit the stifling atmosphere of the church and reach the open air.
Whatever movement there was in the stifling air was seen rather than felt in a tremulous, quivering, upward-moving dust along the flank of the mountain, through which the spires of the pines were faintly visible.
Unaccustomed to action or responsibility,--full of horror at what she had seen, and afraid to inquire, or almost to imagine, how it had come to pass,--affrighted at the fatality which seemed to pursue her brother,--stupefied by the dim, thick, stifling atmosphere of dread which filled the house as with a death-smell, and obliterated all definiteness of thought,--she yielded without a question, and on the instant, to the will which Clifford expressed.
even as in one who at last draws free air, after a long stifling with his own polluted breath.
then, in that contracted hole, sunk, too, beneath the ship's water-line, Jonah feels the heralding presentiment of that stifling hour, when the whale shall hold him in the smallest of his bowel's wards.
Later came midsummer, with the stifling heat, when the dingy killing beds of Durham's became a very purgatory; one time, in a single day, three men fell dead from sunstroke.
The boys huddled them- selves together and sought the friendly companionship of the fire, though the dull dead heat of the breathless atmosphere was stifling.
Now as the Princess walked daily in the green forest, hearing the wind singing in the branches and seeing the sunlight filter through the lattice-work of green leaves, there came unto her thoughts that had lain asleep in the stifling air of the cottage and the weariness of guiding the plough.
What my sensations were no language can describe; but just as they all rose, stifling my breath and constricting my throat, a girl came up and passed me: in passing, she lifted her eyes.
She had sat stifling in the room many a warm day because her patient was sure that open windows gave people cold.
It was a close and stifling little shop; full of all sorts of clothing, made and unmade, including one window full of beaver-hats and bonnets.