re·​pressed | \ ri-ˈprest How to pronounce repressed (audio) \

Definition of repressed

1 : subjected to or marked by repression
2 : characterized by restraint

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Examples of repressed in a Sentence

a 19th-century church in the repressed style favored by the strict religious sect
Recent Examples on the Web But unwinding the mind of this man while also dealing with the waves of his own repressed troubles creates a journey perhaps as treacherous as his captivity. Joe Otterson, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 China, having repressed dissent in Hong Kong and essentially wiped away its guarantees to Britain about keeping its hands off the territory for decades, is now regularly threatening Taiwan. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Given stubborn Western stereotypes about repressed Middle Eastern attitudes toward sexuality, many English-speaking readers may be unaware of the strong tradition of Arabic writing on love and the erotic stretching back several millennia. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The Nanny, fashion bombshell and TV rom-com queen, has returned in the modern day to regale audiences with the tale of the Flashy Girl from Flushing, Queens, who becomes a nanny to a wealthy, if repressed, Manhattan family. Ariana Romero,, 9 Sep. 2021 The challenge is to convey all that pent-up, repressed energy, emotion. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 July 2021 But its story arc—a formerly repressed woman finds independence just as her once-overconfident husband is realizing the limits of his autonomy—resonated with viewers the world over. Judy Berman, Time, 4 Sep. 2021 It’s the You that has all those repressed memories and feelings from your childhood that resurface from time to time. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 It's designed to uncover repressed emotions and experiences and help the patient cope and recover from them. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of repressed

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Repressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of repressed

: stopped from being expressed or remembered
: having feelings or desires that are not allowed to be expressed
: kept under control by force


re·​pressed | \ ri-ˈprest How to pronounce repressed (audio) \

Medical Definition of repressed

: subjected to or marked by repression a repressed child repressed anger

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