from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A dialectal variant of stiff.
- n. Suffocating vapor.
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They gloss over it because acknowledging it might attenuate the racial stife that they themselves stoke.
Steam and stife then permeate the building, and, to say the least, banish sweetness and comfort from the home.
Sudan has turned around a struggling economy with sound economic policies and infrastructure investments, yet it still faces formidable economic problems, starting from its low level of per capita output and extending to its devastating civil stife.
Excellency, or as You Pleass, Sir, for all thes Pepol are very stife and will not one  Nothing of what they Gott, on the Rack.
Some still remain, surviving years of peril, to repeat their deeds of daring upon new fields of stife; but many, alas,
If we were bigots, etc, why would we spend out time, or money for gas etc, to tell others of the wonderful hope of life without hated, sickness, stife, war, etc?
"And before all this debating leads to angry words and stife, sometimes we shold just agree to disagree."
Probably a younger character, one that feels that God doesn’t love them because of all the stife they’ve been through in their life.
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