stifled adj : held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter" [syn: smothered, strangled, suppressed]
- Of or pertaining to something stifled or suppressed.
- The stifled attempt at reform lead to further resentment.
- past of stifle
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