His regime is working hard to stifle protest without completely unplugging Iran's telecommunications infrastructure.
The NY Governor has set off a right-wing firestorm, standing accused of seeking to stifle free speech and political plurality.
The social media giant unveils new privacy settings today, the latest in a series of moves meant to stifle growing criticism.
Some leftists see the war as a U.S.-backed pretense to militarize Mexico and stifle activism.
Yet China remains an authoritarian state known to stifle discussion and publication of ideas it deems destabilizing.
Yet he could not stay; he must do it, and he tried to stifle the doubt which insisted upon arising in his mind.
As He knows so well where to hit us we must stifle our moans when He does so.
Lennon pressed her face hard against his breast to stifle her shrieks.
Chip made haste to stifle his mirth, in fear that she was going to cry.
Not that it matters, seeing that you have a husband who could stifle you in pretty frocks and never miss the money.
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.