Definition of repressed
1 : subjected to or marked by repression
2 : characterized by restraint
Examples of repressed in a Sentence
a 19th-century church in the repressed style favored by the strict religious sect
Recent Examples of repressed from the Web
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.
In the popular imagination, school bathrooms brimmed with pathology and repressed sexuality.
Valerie (Michaela Watkins), a repressed therapist mired in a nasty divorce, moves in with her younger brother, Alex (Tommy Dewey), a dating-site creator who becomes her wingman in this creation from Zander Lehmann.
Dykes makes Roz, a repressed and prissy schoolmarm — Aidy Bryant doing an impression of Margaret Dumont — ridiculous, yet hiding a volcano of lust underneath.
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First Known Use of repressed
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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