Simple Definition of repression
: the act of using force to control someone or something
: the state of being controlled by force
: the act of not allowing a memory, feeling, or desire to be expressed
Full Definition of repression
2 a : a mental process by which distressing thoughts, memories, or impulses that may give rise to anxiety are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious b : an item so excluded
Examples of repression
the state's repression of its citizens
They survived 60 years of political repression.
First Known Use of repression
Rhymes with repression
accession, aggression, bull session, compression, concession, confession, depression, digression, discretion, egression, expression, impression, ingression, jam session, obsession, oppression, precession, procession, profession, progression, recession, refreshen, regression, secession, skull session, succession, suppression, transgression
Medical Definition of repression
1: the action or process of repressing <gene repression>
2a: a process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious—compare suppression cb: an item so excluded
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