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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smothered, stifled, strangled, suppressedadjective

    held in check with difficulty

    "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter"

  2. smotheredadjective

    completely covered

    "bonnets smothered with flowers"; "smothered chicken is chicken cooked in a seasoned gravy"


  1. smothered

    Asphyxia or asphyxiation is a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body which arises from abnormal breathing. Asphyxia causes generalized hypoxia, which affects primarily the tissues and organs. There are many circumstances that can induce asphyxia, all of which are characterized by the inability of a person to acquire sufficient oxygen through breathing for an extended period of time. Asphyxia can cause coma or death. In 2015, about 9.8 million cases of unintentional suffocation occurred which resulted in 35,600 deaths. The word asphyxia is from Ancient Greek α- "without" and σφύξις sphyxis, "squeeze" (throb of heart).


  1. smothered

    Smothered generally refers to a situation where something is completely covered, enveloped, suppressed, or overwhelmed in some way, often causing a reduction or loss of some characteristics like airflow or visibility. It can relate to physical objects, emotions, or situations. For instance, food can be smothered in sauce, a fire can be smothered by sand, or feelings can be smothered by not being expressed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smothered

    of Smother


  1. Smothered

    After the body of Lois Romney is found in a hotel room, Goren and Eames link her to Dale Van Acker, a junkie and the son of wealthy scion Priscilla Van Acker. Van Acker strongly disapproved of her son's pregnant fiancée, which leads Goren and Eames to suspect she may have wanted to get rid of the girl on a permanent basis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smothered in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smothered in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of smothered in a Sentence

  1. Edith Sitwell:

    The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.

  2. Lisa Krimsky:

    It is absolutely devastating for the region. they’re essentially being smothered out.

  3. Mark Levin:

    The Democrat Party doesn't believe in speech and that's the whole point of this book, ‘American Marxism.’ We have these elements in this country that are embracing the totalitarianism of an Americanized form of Marxism, it’s on our college campuses, where academic freedom is really a joke, free speech on the internet is really a joke. More and more of our liberties are being smothered, and somebody needs to bring attention to it, needs to give it the right name and needs to talk about how we confront it. And that's the point of the book.

  4. Bruce Thomson:

    These organisms are adapted to live in fast-moving streams with sand and gravel bottoms, and now we’re covering most of that sand and gravel with light, fluffy sludge, it’ll plug up the pours and the organisms will be smothered. They need the sand and gravel to provide nutrients and oxygen.

  5. Sankara:

    The spirit is smothered, as it were, by ignorance, but so soon as ignorance is destroyed, spirit shine forth, like the sun when released from clouds.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    A leaven
    B ignominy
    C helm
    D abandon

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