verb (used with object), sti·fled, sti·fling.
verb (used without object), sti·fled, sti·fling.
Origin of stifle1
SYNONYMS FOR stifle
Related formssti·fler, nounun·sti·fled, adjective
Examples from the Web for stifled
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Stifled by fear, our leaders lose perspective and cease being authentic and vulnerable.
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|DAILY BEAST
I think later in life our creativity can get stifled because we think we have to grow up and mature our ideas.Meet Flynn McGarry: America’s Next Great Chef Is 14 Years Old|Jace Lacob|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Oh, better the highway with its friendly blossoms than this couch of down and this stifled atmosphere which I am breathing!Allegories of Life|Mrs. J. S. Adams
Laura thought he slept, and stifled even her sighs, lest they should wake him.Self-control|Mary Brunton
A stifled calm comes on, and the day's duties and even enjoyments are languidly got through with.My First Summer in the Sierra|John Muir
Many times Polly lifted herself upon her elbow, leaned over to listen, and dropped back again satisfied, but with a stifled groan.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage|Emma C. Dowd
He could hear her stifled breath; he could almost feel her trembling, an arm's reach out there in the darkness.The Courage of Captain Plum|James Oliver Curwood