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stifling

adjective uk   /ˈstaɪ.fl̩.ɪŋ/ us  

stifling adjective (NO AIR)

extremely hot and unpleasant: I can't bear this stifling humidity. Several hundred people were crammed into the stifling room.

stifling adjective (PREVENT HAPPENING)

preventing something from happening: stifling bureaucracy
stiflingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
It's stiflingly hot in here.
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