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

  Strangle \Stran"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Strangled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Strangling.] [OF. estrangler, F. ['e]trangler, L.
     strangulare, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? a halter; and perhaps akin to E.
     string, n. Cf. Strain, String.]
     1. To compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until
        death results from stoppage of respiration; to choke to
        death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a
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              Our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to
              strangle herself.                     --Ayliffe.
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     2. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
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              Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, . . .
              And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes? --Shak.
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     3. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.
        "Strangle such thoughts." --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the
           windpipe; "no evidence that the choking was done by the
           accused" [syn: choking, strangling, strangulation,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "strangling":
     asphyxia, asphyxiation, beheading, burking, burning,
     capital punishment, censorship, choke, choking, constrictive,
     contrary, counterproductive, crackdown, crosswise, crucifixion,
     crushing, decapitation, decollation, defenestration, drowning,
     electrocution, execution, extinguishment, fusillade, garrote,
     gassing, hanging, hemlock, hindering, hindersome, in the way,
     inhibiting, inhibitive, interrupting, interruptive,
     judicial murder, killing, lapidation, liver death, megadeath,
     necktie party, obstructing, obstructive, obstruent, occlusive,
     poisoning, putting down, quashing, quelling, quenching, repression,
     repressive, restrictive, serum death, shooting, smashing,
     smotheration, smothering, squashing, squelching, starvation,
     stifling, stoning, strangulation, subdual, suffocating,
     suffocation, suppression, suppressive, the ax, the block,
     the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine,
     the hot seat, the rope, throttling, troublesome, violent death,
     watery grave

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