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v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
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).
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:
Noun1.suffocation - killing by depriving of oxygensuffocation - killing by depriving of oxygen  
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
strangling, strangulation, throttling, choking - the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe; "no evidence that the choking was done by the accused"
2.suffocation - the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)suffocation - the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped); "asphyxiation is sometimes used as a form of torture"
hypoxia - oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
خَنْق، إخْتِناق


[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃən] Nasfixia f, ahogo m


[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃən] nsuffocation f


n (lit, fig)Ersticken nt


[ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃn] nsoffocazione f, soffocamento (Med) → asfissia
to die from suffocation → morire per asfissia


(ˈsafəkeit) verb
to kill, die, cause distress to or feel distress, through lack of air or the prevention of free breathing. A baby may suffocate if it sleeps with a pillow; The smoke was suffocating him; May I open the window? I'm suffocating.
ˌsuffoˈcation noun


n. asfixia, paro de la respiración.


n asfixia
References in classic literature ?
I call it relief, though it was only the relief that a snap brings to a strain or the burst of a thunderstorm to a day of suffocation.
I saw this, within the first minute of my contemplation of the patient; for, in her restless strivings she had turned over on her face on the edge of the bed, had drawn the end of the scarf into her mouth, and was in danger of suffocation.
The public dinner to our distinguished fellow-colonist and townsman, WILKINS MICAWBER, ESQUIRE, Port Middlebay District Magistrate, came off yesterday in the large room of the Hotel, which was crowded to suffocation.
But unluckily, the hunchback happened to swallow a large bone, and, in spite of all the tailor and his wife could do to help him, died of suffocation in an instant.
The first is to be crushed; the second is to die of suffocation.
Its purple visage, and its violet-colored hands showed that it had perished from suffocation, but as it was not yet cold, I hesitated to throw it into the water that ran at my feet.
One may think that the locality of your passing away by means of suffocation in water does not really matter very much.
The sailor's face flushed up as if he were struggling with suffocation.
The very atmosphere that Elizabeth inhaled was hot and dry, and by the time she reached the point where the course led her from the highway she experienced a sensation like suffocation.
I shall only have time to reach the bell, and pull it violently, before the sense of suffocation will come.
From this state he was awakened -- ages later, it seemed to him -- by the pain of a sharp pressure upon his throat, followed by a sense of suffocation.
But so long as we kept our nostrils buried in our handkerchiefs, there was small danger of suffocation.