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strangled (ˈstræŋɡəld) 



  1. (of an utterance) suppressed by or as if by swallowing suddenly   ⇒ 'I'll go now,' Justin said in a strangled voice., In a strangled voice he said, 'It's going to be awful without you.', Sue let out a strangled cry of shock., Sebastian heard a strangled scream., Somehow, a strangled sob escaped his lips.

strangle (ˈstræŋɡəl Pronunciation for strangle



  1. (transitive) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
  2. (transitive) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of   ⇒ to strangle originality
  3. (transitive) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly   ⇒ to strangle a cry

Word Origin

C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter

Example Sentences Including 'strangled'

A forensic examination would later show that she was raped before Budanov strangled her.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
He apparently strangled himself using a makeshift rope made of clothing attached to the top bunk in his cell at the Alachua County Jail.
canada.com (2005)
He betrayed his own wife twice: first, when she was (wrongly) accused of wartime collaboration, and second, when in 1980 he strangled her.
He said in a strangled voice: `I'll kill you for this, Wong.
Maclean, Alistair The Lonely Sea
My diary simply said in reference to our discussion -- `I could have strangled him!
Admiral Sandy Woodward, With Patrick Robinson ONE HUNDRED DAYS (2003)
Police investigating the murder of a woman whose strangled body was found wrapped in a carpet are questioning two people.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2004)
Several victims had been strangled or suffocated, Vasconcelos said.
canada.com (2004)
The scarf with which Elaine Pulman had been strangled puzzled him.
Penn, John Widow's End
You know, Brannigan, sometimes I wish the guy who invented the drum machine had been strangled at birth.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)


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