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repressed

[ri-prest] /rɪˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
subjected to, affected by, or characteristic of psychological repression:
repressed emotional conflicts.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; repress + -ed2
Related forms
nonrepressed, adjective
unrepressed, adjective

re-press

[ree-pres] /ˈriˈprɛs/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to press again or anew.
Origin
1870-75; re- + press1

repress

[ri-pres] /rɪˈprɛs/
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
Related forms
repressible, adjective
nonrepressible, adjective
nonrepressibleness, noun
nonrepressibly, adverb
overrepress, verb (used with object)
unrepressible, adjective
Can be confused
oppress, repress (see synonym study at oppress)
Synonyms
1. bridle, control. See check1 . 3. subdue, quash. 4. crush.
Antonyms
1–4. foster.
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Examples from the web for repressed
  • 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.
  • Time and again, repressed squatter movements have turned to insurrection.
  • But in such a closed, repressed country, confirming such reports is impossible.
  • That's a repressed comics geek's wish-fantasy, if we've ever seen one.
  • We share her feelings of being alone, fearful, frustrated and repressed.
  • All the better if the relationship is fraught with repressed resentment and rivalry.
  • Experts have been called to testify that repressed memories can be planted in a susceptible mind.
British Dictionary definitions for repressed

repressed

/rɪˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
(of a person) repressing feelings, instincts, desires, etc

repress

/rɪˈprɛs/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
represser, noun
repressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reprimere to press back, from re- + premere to press1
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Word Origin and History for repressed
adj.

1660s, past participle adjective from repress (v.). Psychological sense by 1904.

repress

v.

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.

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repressed in Medicine

repressed adj.
Being subjected to or characterized by repression.

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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