Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun stifling

1 sense of stifling

Sense 1
suppression, crushing, quelling, stifling -- (forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent")
       => prevention, bar -- (the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza")

Antonyms of verb stifle

1 of 4 senses of stifle

Sense 2
stifle, dampen -- (smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity")
       Antonym of stimulate (Sense 1)
      => stimulate, excite -- (act as a stimulant; "The book stimulated her imagination"; "This play stimulates")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb stifle

4 senses of stifle

Sense 1
smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress -- (conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn")
       => suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb -- (to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires")

Sense 2
stifle, dampen -- (smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity")
       => suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb -- (to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires")

Sense 3
suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke -- (impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children")
       => obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up -- (block passage through; "obstruct the path")

Sense 4
suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate -- (be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow")
       => die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it -- (pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102")

Antonyms of adj stifling

1 sense of stifling

Sense 1
sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous -- (characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm")

INDIRECT (VIA hot) -> cold -- (having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer")

Similarity of adj stifling

1 sense of stifling

Sense 1
sultry, stifling, sulfurous, sulphurous -- (characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; "the summer was sultry and oppressive"; "the stifling atmosphere"; "the sulfurous atmosphere preceding a thunderstorm")
       => hot (vs. cold) -- (used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot stuffy room"; "she's hot and tired"; "a hot forehead")

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