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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To be sure, Christians would not have a monopoly on orthodoxy, or indeed on suppression: The history of the ancient world typically makes for stomach-churning reading. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 When the alarm triggered, a fire suppression system on the fifth floor was activated, including sprinklers and a chemical fire suppressant intended to protect computer systems, Sanders said. John Hilliard,, "Fire investigators look into cause of mysterious hazmat at downtown office building," 28 June 2018 The ruling focused in large part on technical interpretations of federal voting laws, although the argument underlying Ohio’s system is, in fact, a much bigger one about voter suppression. German Lopez, Vox, "With the Supreme Court’s ruling, other states plan to follow Ohio’s lead on voter purges.," 11 June 2018 As Vox noted, the case comes amid a larger conversation about voter suppression around the country. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "The Supreme Court Upheld the Strictest Voter Purging Law in the Nation," 11 June 2018 Firefighters arrived to 5207 Madison Ave. at 3:35 a.m. after the fire was put out by the shop's fire suppression system, said Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Popular Sacramento pastry shop closed indefinitely after kitchen fire," 29 May 2018 The Trump administration also promised $10 million in aid last month to assist countries such as Colombia in absorbing tens of thousands of people fleeing hunger and suppression in Venezuela. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Trump can’t ignore Central America," 6 July 2018 Almena and Harris had allowed as many as 25 people to live in the building but failed to provide fire suppression equipment, according to court records. James Queally,, "Ghost Ship operators plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter in fire that killed 36 people," 4 July 2018 The state is being very aggressive in its suppression efforts. Lizzie Johnson,, "Proactive Pawnee Fire response in Lake County seeks to avoid another catastrophe," 25 June 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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