re·​pressed | \ri-ˈprest \

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

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Another suggested that my cancer was the result of a repressed trauma. Assia Grazioli-venier, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer at Age 35," 8 Oct. 2018 And the fact that each wine's individual description was crafted to reflect these horribly repressed and battered characters is wholly unappetizing. Olivia Harrison,, "We're So Relieved Someone Realized The World Doesn't Need A Handmaid's Tale Wine Collection," 11 July 2018 Archive Treasures In Now, Voyager (1942), Bette Davis stars as a rich but repressed woman who undergoes a remarkable transformation after undergoing therapy. Kathleen Craughwell,, "The Moviegoer, June 24-July 1," 22 June 2018 Alas, London in 1993 had absolutely no dancing sailors or emotionally repressed landowners. Caitlin Moran, The Cut, "How to Tell the Bad Men From the Good Men," 5 July 2018 At one point, a throwback to the baroque era emerges amid the edgy soundscape, like a repressed memory. Tim Smith,, "BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances," 26 June 2018 And his acting job as the repressed Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development is a minor miracle. A.d. Amorosi,, "David Cross: 'My comedy has evolved … Plus, my ulcer has grown.'," 21 June 2018 Peter’s the repressed guy, and that may have been a good thing for me to be playing at that time. Christopher Wallenberg,, "David Morse’s Boston years set the stage for Tony recognition," 8 June 2018 Curtis recalls that John Carpenter’s first Halloween only had three roles for young women: smart-aleck Annie Brackett (played by Nancy Kyes), popular cute cheerleader Lynda Van Der Klok (P.J. Soles) and quiet repressed virgin Laurie. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Halloween': Jamie Lee Curtis' horror heroine returns in time for 'the year of the woman'," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of repressed

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of repressed 

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

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