repressed

adjective
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 To begin with, its protagonist Old Dolio technically already has a family: her flesh-and-blood parents, a pair of low-level grifters whose lack of affection has left her emotionally detached and visibly repressed. Liam Hess, Vogue, "How Miranda July’s New Film Inspired This Director’s Heartfelt Ode to Queer Family," 16 Oct. 2020 People in abusive partner relationships have many competing agendas, including worrying about their children, economic pressure, feeling repressed, intimidated, frightened, and alone. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Sister needs support to leave abusive marriage," 26 Sep. 2020 People in abusive partner relationships have many competing agendas, including worrying about their children, economic pressure, feeling repressed, intimidated, frightened, and alone. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Sister in abusive marriage needs sibling’s support, empathy," 26 Sep. 2020 People in abusive partner relationships have many competing agendas, including worrying about their children, economic pressure, feeling repressed, intimidated, frightened, and alone. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Sister needs support to leave abusive marriage," 26 Sep. 2020 People in abusive partner relationships have many competing agendas, including worrying about their children, economic pressure, feeling repressed, intimidated, frightened and alone. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Sister needs support during abusive marriage," 26 Sep. 2020 Mildred is supposed to be, like, a sympathetic murdering traitorous dedicated dismissive repressed libertine grieving clever villain hero. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Ratched ratchets up the crazy and goes off the deep end: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 People in abusive partner relationships have many competing agendas, including worrying about their children, economic pressure, feeling repressed, intimidated, frightened and alone. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Sister needs support to leave abusive marriage," 25 Sep. 2020 As past and present collide, the arrival of the young General Dilip Rai (Chaneil Kular) is the catalyst for an explosion of repressed desires that may end in a fatal confrontation. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Black Narcissus trailer gets Gemma Arterton, Alessandro Nivola, and the late Diana Rigg to a nunnery," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of repressed

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2020

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“Repressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repressed. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for repressed

repressed

adjective
How to pronounce repressed (audio)

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

repressed

adjective
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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