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 for stifling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stifle \Sti"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stifled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stifling.] [Freq. of OE. stif stiff; cf. Icel. st[imac]fla
     to dam up.]
     1. To stop the breath of by crowding something into the
        windpipe, or introducing an irrespirable substance into
        the lungs; to choke; to suffocate; to cause the death of
        by such means; as, to stifle one with smoke or dust.
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              Stifled with kisses, a sweet death he dies.
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              I took my leave, being half stifled with the
              closeness of the room.                --Swift.
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     2. To stop; to extinguish; to deaden; to quench; as, to
        stifle the breath; to stifle a fire or flame.
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              Bodies . . . stifle in themselves the rays which
              they do not reflect or transmit.      --Sir I.
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     3. To suppress the manifestation or report of; to smother; to
        conceal from public knowledge; as, to stifle a story; to
        stifle passion.
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              I desire only to have things fairly represented as
              they really are; no evidence smothered or stifled.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the
             summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling
             atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a
             thunderstorm" [syn: sultry, stifling, sulfurous,
      n 1: forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority;
           "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the
           rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn:
           suppression, crushing, quelling, stifling]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "stifling":
     airless, breathless, breezeless, choking, close, constrictive,
     contrary, counterproductive, crosswise, extinguishment, hindering,
     hindersome, humid, ill-ventilated, in the way, inhibiting,
     inhibitive, interrupting, interruptive, muggy, obstructing,
     obstructive, obstruent, occlusive, oppressive, overpowering,
     quashing, quenching, repressive, restrictive, smothering, smudgy,
     squashing, squelching, sticky, strangling, stuffy, suffocating,
     sultry, suppression, suppressive, troublesome, unbearable,
     unendurable, unvented, unventilated, windless

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