sup·​pres·​sion | \sə-ˈpre-shən \

Definition of suppression 

1 : an act or instance of suppressing : the state of being suppressed

2 : the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling

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Examples of suppression in a Sentence

learned that suppression of her angry feelings didn't necessarily make them go away

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The research suggests that the voter suppression efforts so far don’t have a huge impact on electoral outcomes. German Lopez, Vox, "Voter suppression really may have made the difference for Republicans in Georgia," 7 Nov. 2018 Most of the voter suppression efforts reported over the past week have targeted Democrats in an effort to persuade them not to vote. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Residents in Lacombe and west of the community will experience smoke until substantial rainfall aides in suppression of the wildfire, the release said. Robert Rhoden,, "Crews battling large woods fire in Big Branch refuge on North Shore," 24 May 2018 And yet there was an underlying imperialist savagery, seen in the bloody suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857, combined with cynicism. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Times, "A History of the British Empire at Its Peak," 30 Mar. 2018 Numerous people and organizations, including Barack Obama and the NAACP, have accused Kemp of engaging in voter suppression. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 And Democrats push back by claiming suppression, arguing, also in court, that Republicans are trying to block the voters’ will and that all votes should be counted. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Locked in a tight struggle rocked by racial overtones and charges of voter suppression, Georgia’s Stacey Abrams is vowing to fight for every vote in her quest to become the nation’s first African American female governor. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Democrats Won Back the House—They Have Women to Thank for That," 7 Nov. 2018 For instance, overexposure to sunlight can bring about immune system suppression, which is why some people with herpes develop cold sores after spending time in the sun. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "Why Does Spending Time in the Sun Make You So Tired?," 8 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of suppression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sup·​pres·​sion | \sə-ˈpre-shən \

Kids Definition of suppression

: an act or instance of putting down or holding back : the state of being put down or held back


sup·​pres·​sion | \sə-ˈpresh-ən \

Medical Definition of suppression 

: an act or instance of suppressing: as

a : stoppage of a bodily function or a symptom suppression of urine secretion suppression of a cough

b : the failure of development of a bodily part or organ

c : the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling — compare repression sense 2a

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