quelled, crushed, or ended by force: The activist has been in and out of detention as she continues to call attention to her country's stifled uprising.
suppressed, repressed, or inhibited: My foot slipped, and with a stifled shriek I found myself grasping desperately for a handhold.One version of me grew up as expected, appearing as a confident adult to the outside world; the other remained a stifled, insecure child.
deprived of air or of the ability to breathe: The light is mixed with the dust floating in the stifled hut, where the air inside never moves.When I see that picture of the stifled refugees hidden in the van, I don’t understand the heartlessness that permits such a thing.
the simple past tense and past participle of stifle1.
- un·sti·fled, adjective
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How to use stifled in a sentence
To avoid stifling the creation and growth of new Internet companies, lawmakers should limit new requirements to large companies and refrain from the knee-jerk reaction of revoking it all together.
Jung genuinely wanted to help Pauli become more aware of his stifled feelings.The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung - Issue 93: Forerunners | Paul Halpern | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
Against the Cowboys in Week 7, the line produced four of the team’s six total sacks and stifled a Dallas offense that was already reeling.Washington’s defense has been transformed from a year ago. It thinks it can play better. | Nicki Jhabvala | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
According to our guests, Google and other major platform companies may be hurting democracy and stifling the economy.
In addition to stifling competition by paying off companies like Apple to make its search engine the default on most devices, Google, Weinberg argues, is ultimately contributing to the nation’s alarming divisiveness with its “filter bubble.”Domino effect: Google antitrust case could spell trouble for other tech giants | Brett Haensel | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
One gets the sense that these are the words Sotomayor stifled, or perhaps drafted and circulated, in Fisher.Affirmative Action Isn’t Oppressive, but the Roberts Court Wants to End It Anyway | Mike Sacks | April 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lukashenko, shaped by the colonial experience, stifled their project in infancy.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko. | Kapil Komireddi | January 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
stifled by fear, our leaders lose perspective and cease being authentic and vulnerable.
And did they bequeath to the military the task of rescuing the democratic impulse stifled by a pharaoh with an Islamist face?
Did you feel like when you were acting as the first lady of France, it stifled you artistically?Carla Bruni Opens Up About Her New Album, Being First Lady, Fashion, and More | Marlow Stern | June 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But its voice was soon stifled, and its children were rewarded for their abnegation by punishment, martyrdom and death.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
It seemed a long time, but the watchers knew that something was going to happen and stifled their impatience.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
She wrung her slender hands together, as if in pain, then they fell apart, and a stifled cry came from her lips.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
This emotion of joy coming suddenly in the midst of his fury melted him into a sobbing torrent of tears, and stifled words.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
From the groans and stifled cries it was too plain they left dead and dying in their course.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell