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repress

[ri-pres]
verb (used with object)
1.
to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).
2.
to keep down or suppress (anything objectionable).
3.
to put down or quell (sedition, disorder, etc.).
4.
to reduce (persons) to subjection.
5.
Psychoanalysis. to reject (painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses) from the conscious mind.
verb (used without object)
6.
to initiate or undergo repression.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English repressen < Latin repressus (past participle of reprimere), equivalent to re- re- + pressus, past participle of primere to press1

repressible, adjective
nonrepressible, adjective
nonrepressibleness, noun
nonrepressibly, adverb
overrepress, verb (used with object)
unrepressible, adjective

oppress, repress (see synonym study at oppress).


1. bridle, control. See check1. 3. subdue, quash. 4. crush.


1–4. foster.
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repress (rɪˈprɛs)
 
vb
1.  to keep (feelings, etc) under control; suppress or restrain: to repress a desire
2.  to put into a state of subjugation: to repress a people
3.  psychoanal to banish (thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conduct) from one's conscious mind
 
[C14: from Latin reprimere to press back, from re- + premere to press1]
 
re'presser
 
n
 
re'pressible
 
adj

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repress
late 14c., "to check, restrain," from L. repressus, pp. of reprimere "hold back, check," from re- "back" + premere "to push" (see press (v.1)). Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense, it represents Ger. verdrängen (Freud, 1893),
first attested 1904 (implied in repressed). Meaning "to put down" (a rebellion, etc.) is from late 15c. Related: Repressed; repressing.
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repress re·press (rĭ-prěs')
v. re·pressed, re·press·ing, re·press·es

  1. To hold back by an act of volition.

  2. To exclude something from the conscious mind.

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