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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Very hot or stuffy.
  • adjective Inhibiting, stultifying, or oppressive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Close: oppressive; suffocating: as, a stifling atmosphere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Describing something that stifles.
  • verb Present participle of stifle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
  • adjective characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

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