suffocating


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suf·fo·cate

 (sŭf′ə-kāt′)
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
v.tr.
1. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
2. To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
3. To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle: "The rigid formality of the place suffocated her" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
v.intr.
1. To die from lack of air or oxygen.
2. To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
3. To become or feel oppressed; be stifled.

[Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat.]

suf′fo·ca′ting·ly adv.
suf′fo·ca′tion n.
suf′fo·ca′tive adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.suffocating - causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless"
breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"
Translations

suffocating

[ˈsʌfəkeɪtɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= choking) [heat] → sofocante, agobiante; [fumes, smell] → asfixiante
the suffocating heat of the dayel calor sofocante or agobiante del día
it's suffocating in herehace un calor sofocante or agobiante aquí dentro
2. (= oppressive) [atmosphere, life, relationship] → agobiante; [regime] → opresivo
the suffocating atmosphere of life in the countryel ambiente agobiante de la vida en el campo

suffocating

adj (lit)erstickend attr; heatdrückend attr, → brütend attr; roomstickig; (fig) relationship, atmosphereerdrückend attr; it’s suffocating in herees ist stickig hier drinnen, hier erstickt man fast; intellectually suffocatinggeisttötend

suffocating

[ˈsʌfəˌkeɪtɪŋ] adj (heat, atmosphere) → soffocante, opprimente
References in classic literature ?
To this part of the yards came all the "tankage" and the waste products of all sorts; here they dried out the bones,--and in suffocating cellars where the daylight never came you might see men and women and children bending over whirling machines and sawing bits of bone into all sorts of shapes, breathing their lungs full of the fine dust, and doomed to die, every one of them, within a certain definite time.
So the trader only regarded the mortal anguish which he saw working in those dark features, those clenched hands, and suffocating breathings, as necessary incidents of the trade, and merely calculated whether she was going to scream, and get up a commotion on the boat; for, like other supporters of our peculiar institution, he decidedly disliked agitation.
It was so good to open up one's lungs and take in whole luscious barrels-ful of the blessed God's untainted, dew-fashioned, woodland- scented air once more, after suffocating body and mind for two days and nights in the moral and physical stenches of that intolerable old buzzard-roost
They all came a-swooping down like a blue cloud, and as each fellow lit on the door and took a glance, the whole absurdity of the contract that that first jay had tackled hit him home and he fell over backward suffocating with laughter, and the next jay took his place and done the same.
By this time the whole church was red-faced and suffocating with suppressed laughter, and the sermon had come to a dead standstill.
I shall remember how you thrust me back--roughly and violently thrust me back--into the red-room, and locked me up there, to my dying day; though I was in agony; though I cried out, while suffocating with distress, 'Have mercy
A sorrowful sight I saw: dark night coming down prematurely, and sky and hills mingled in one bitter whirl of wind and suffocating snow.
She crossed the room unsteadily, with a maddening confusion in her head, with a suffocating anguish at her heart.
I stood, with a hand on the chair-back and a hand on my breast, where I seemed to be suffocating - I stood so, looking wildly at him, until I grasped at the chair, when the room began to surge and turn.
She cried, as if suffocating, "I don't care; I should like to kill her
The nights were suffocating, and it was almost impossible to sleep, from the swarms of mosquitoes.
Very soon, a strong suffocating odor assailed my nostrils; the house, I clearly perceived, was on fire.