1900–05; repress + -ed2

nonrepressed, adjective
unrepressed, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to press again or anew.

1870–75; re- + press1


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

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. Unabridged
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repress (rɪˈprɛs)
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]

repressed (rɪˈprɛst)
(of a person) repressing feelings, instincts, desires, etc

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Word Origin & History

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.

repressed adj.
Being subjected to or characterized by repression.

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Example sentences
Art is always potentially disrupting, since it stirs up repressed desires that
  would otherwise remain dormant.
The government's critics are repressed and the press is tightly controlled.
Most psychotherapists would agree that depression is anger and sadness that has
  been repressed.
Thriller was ultimately trimmed and repressed before release.
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