V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) to hinder progress or prevent something from happening; (n.) a distressing situation that hinders progress

Synonyms: (v.) thwart, block, hinder, prevent, stall, impede, (n.) obstacle, impediment

Antonyms: help, aid

Tips: Stymie refers to both the physical and intellectual hindering of actions or progress. Stymie is also a specialized golf term and refers to the situation where a player's golf ball blocks the line between another player's ball and the hole.

Usage Examples:

The politician tried to stymie the bill in order to prevent the legislation from passing. (stall, block) verb

The new legislation is likely to stymie economic growth. (hinder, impede) verb

The elderly woman somehow stymied her attacker. (hindered, impeded) verb

The turbulent waters were a stymie in the effort to rescue the drowning victim. (obstacle, impediment) noun

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