repression

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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of repression

  1. 1a :  the action or process of repressing :  the state of being repressed repression of unpopular opinionsb :  an instance of repressing racial repressions

  2. 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

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.

15th Century

First Known Use of repression

15th century


REPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners

repression

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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpre-shən\

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

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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpresh-ən\

Medical Definition of repression

  1. 1:  the action or process of repressing gene repression

  2. 2a:  a process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious—compare suppression cb:  an item so excluded



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