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adjective     stifling pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    heat or a room that is stifling is so hot that it is difficult for you to breathe

    the stifling heat of a summer’s day

    The hotel lobby was stifling.

  2. 2
    air or a smell that is stifling makes it difficult for you to breathe

    the stifling smell of burning rubber

  3. 3
    a stifling environment does not encourage a relaxed and happy existence, or the development of new ideas

    the stifling atmosphere of her unhappy family life

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