Definition of repression
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
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.
First Known Use of repression
REPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of repression
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