repression

noun re·pres·sion \ ri-ˈpre-shən \

Definition of repression

1 a :the action or process of repressing :the state of being repressed
  • repression of unpopular opinions
b :an instance of repressing
  • racial repressions
2 a :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 unconscious
b :an item so excluded

repressionist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ adjective

Examples of repression in a Sentence

  1. the state's repression of its citizens

  2. They survived 60 years of political repression.

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First Known Use of repression

15th century


REPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners

repression

noun

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


Medical Dictionary

repression

noun re·pres·sion \ ri-ˈpresh-ən \

medical Definition of repression

1 :the action or process of repressing
  • gene repression
2 a :a process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious — compare suppression c
b :an item so excluded


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