Synonyms for Stifle:

n.

shut off, squeeze out, kill off, interfere with, cut into, stamp out. suffer, trouble, hurt, hold back, bother, sit on, pound, squelch, restraint, quench, burke, hush, ache, hold-down, torment. breath. animal (noun)
knee.
silence (noun)
hush.
smother (noun)
extinguish.
stifle (noun)
muffle, repress, knee, strangle, dampen, smother.

v.

de-motivate (verb)
hinder, discourage, paralyze, impede, dampen, curb, deter, dishearten, frustrate, de-motivate, depress, hamper, throttle, dissuade, disincline, daunt.
prevent, restrain (verb)
extinguish, curb, repress, smother, burke, sit on, black out, squelch, strangle, hush, muffle.

Other synonyms:

suffer, pound, trouble, burke, extinguish. quench, bother. hurt, squelch, ban, censor. ache. contain
keep back.

Usage examples for stifle

  1. So far as I am individually concerned, the result of this analysis has been to show that, whether I regard the problem of Theism on the lower plane of strictly relative probability, or on the higher plane of purely formal considerations, it equally becomes my obvious duty to stifle all belief of the kind which I conceive to be the noblest, and to discipline my intellect with regard to this matter into an attitude of the purest scepticism. – Thoughts on Religion by George John Romanes
  2. We can't stifle those feelings of by- gone days which well up in our bosoms, Robert. – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  3. Public discussion, free elections, responsible ministers, the liberty of the press, I have no objection to all that, the liberty of the press especially; to stifle it is absurd. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton