repressed

adjective

re·​pressed ri-ˈprest How to pronounce repressed (audio)
1
: subjected to or marked by repression
2
: characterized by restraint

Example Sentences

a 19th-century church in the repressed style favored by the strict religious sect
Recent Examples on the Web On its large back wall in 2019, Mr. Ovchinnikov erected his own memorial, one dedicated to the repressed. Valerie Hopkins, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2022 Cinematherapy can also help people deal with other complications, including anxiety, depression or repressed emotions. Amy Kraft, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2017 In those scenes, Ramsey Nasr, playing Jude, retreats to that sink, cuts himself, and flashes back to repressed memories. Vulture, 21 Oct. 2022 The show is heavy on painting — return of the repressed, baby! — and, despite its posthuman inquiries, light on new media. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Long repressed memories of her childhood overshadowed by her mother’s suicide haunt her. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 Comics are a way of revealing certain repressed emotions and experiences. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 The actor's pinpoint voice and mannerisms of the president work in showcasing a repressed and determined figure. Robert English, EW.com, 10 Nov. 2022 The falseness of the consumer culture, the factories sucking in gouts of hydrocarbons through one door, pumping out Tupperware for repressed housewives through one loading dock and napalm through another. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of repressed was in 1606

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“Repressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repressed. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

repressed

adjective
re·​pressed ri-ˈprest How to pronounce repressed (audio)
1
: subjected to or marked by repression
a repressed child
2
: characterized by a keeping in check

Medical Definition

repressed

adjective
re·​pressed ri-ˈprest How to pronounce repressed (audio)
: subjected to or marked by repression
a repressed child
repressed anger

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