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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
1325-1375
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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British Dictionary definitions for repressible

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 repressible
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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repressible in Medicine

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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