Examples of repressed in a Sentence
a 19th-century church in the repressed style favored by the strict religious sect
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Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse and wicked revelry.
The boat ride met my repressed need to let great distances sink in.
The story tells of an attractive Civil War deserter, a Union soldier taken in by the residents of an all-female Southern boarding school dripping in Spanish moss and repressed gentility.
In Coppola’s film there’s an interest piqued by McBurney’s foreign masculine presence, ranging from suspicion and wariness to a quiet, repressed lust.
But Coppola is more interested in the women’s own beguilement, and how McBurney, with more instinct than calculation, manipulates their sympathies and repressed desires.
Nevertheless, Coppola creates a portrait of the repressed, isolated lives of women and girls during wartime — even if the only overt signs of battle here are faraway explosions and the occasional cavalry coming by.
There are a number of scenes in The Beguiled that may feel eerily familiar to the alumnae of all-girls schools, but for me there was one in particular that unleashed a torrent of repressed memories.
But Robert Spencer, a speaker and author of a blog called Jihad Watch, said the idea that Mateen was motivated partly by self-hatred or repressed sexuality has been used to divert attention from the problem of Islamic extremism.
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First Known Use of repressed
Synonymsconservative, low-key (also low-keyed), muted, quiet, restrained, sober, subdued, toned-down, understated, unflashy, unpretentious
Antonymsflamboyant, flaring, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, loud, noisy, ostentatious, razzle-dazzle, splashy, swank (or swanky)
Related Wordsappropriate, becoming, fit, fitting, proper, suitable; modest, plain, simple, unadorned, undecorated; inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unobtrusive; graceful, handsome, refined, tasteful; drab, mousy (or mousey); practical, sensible
Near Antonymsmeretricious; graceless, inelegant, tacky, tasteless, tawdry, trashy, vulgar; baroque, fancy, frilly, gilded (or gilt), ornate, rococo; overdecorated, overdone, overwrought
REPRESSED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of repressed for English Language Learners
: stopped from being expressed or remembered
: having feelings or desires that are not allowed to be expressed
: kept under control by force
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