V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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.
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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