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Positively, there did seem to be a kind of stifled murmur, within!

"It is ten minutes past the twelve," she answered in a stifled voice.

Every spark of human feeling had evidently been stifled in him.

"It's—it's going to the wash," said a stiff and stifled voice.

Its first war-cry was stifled back by the brutal and cowardly hand of Destiny.

The stifled laughter of the other travellers showed me that I had won over my audience.

Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him.

He would have stifled the remembrance with a sigh, but man Is the slave of Memory.

Then Selina—she joined in and said it stifled her to live here.

There was such a crowd in the streets that sixty people were stifled!

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Old French estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s. Related: Stifled; stifling.

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