The Catholic Church's repressed attitude towards sex was referenced, as were its retrograde views on the role of women.
So, the characters on Downton Abbey are about as repressed as television casts get.
However, Nic is so distracted by the movie's cheesiness—and her own repressed nature—that she can't seem to enjoy the moment.
late 14c., "to check, restrain," from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere "hold back, curb," figuratively "check, confine, restrain, refrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + premere "to push" (see press (v.1)).
Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense, it represents German verdrängen (Freud, 1893), first attested 1904 (implied in repressed). Meaning "to put down" (a rebellion, etc.) is from late 15c. Related: Repressed; repressing.
Being subjected to or characterized by repression.
repress re·press (rĭ-prěs')
v. re·pressed, re·press·ing, re·press·es
To hold back by an act of volition.
To exclude something from the conscious mind.