Definition of repression
2a : a mental process by which distressing thoughts, memories, or impulses that may give rise to anxiety are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconsciousb : an item so excluded
repressionistplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ adjective
Examples of repression in a Sentence
the state's repression of its citizens
They survived 60 years of political repression.
Recent Examples of repression from the Web
At issue was a web of dynamics, from Nazi-era repression to the way in which political parties have derived their power from religious groups.
But Putin's main concern is keeping Assad in power with Iran's help, even if that means continued repression that will fuel a future jihad.
In fact, repression of gay Saudis is not only commonplace in the kingdom but sanctioned, and sodomy is cause for the death penalty.
In our region, remember tremendous repression and a voice for the freedom of the Cuban people.
Senior White House officials who briefed reporters Thursday on the coming announcement said Obama’s overtures had enriched Cuba’s military while repression increased on the island.
But given that Maduro already seems determined to hold on to power at all costs, the top priority of the international community should be to prevent him from ramping up the repression.
Trump's change in policy, according to White House aides, was driven by the president's concerns that the previous policy was enriching the Cuban military and intelligence services that contribute to repression on the island.
Along the way, the characters progress through need, loneliness, repression, degradation, selfishness and damage to themselves and others.
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Definition of repression for English Language Learners
: the act of using force to control someone or something
: the state of being controlled by force
: the act of not allowing a memory, feeling, or desire to be expressed
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