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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.
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Adj.1.suffocative - 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"
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Srinagar -- In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has said that banning of political activities has made the atmosphere suffocative in the territory where people are compelled to shoulder the coffins on daily basis.
Tubercular: A suffocative, intense, desperate, hectic pace leading in burnout.
He said that agricultural tourism was a worldwide trend, which offered city dwellers a chance to escape noise and air polluted urban areas and suffocative environment and re-discover their rural roots.