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[ri-presh-uh n] /rɪˈprɛʃ ən/
the act of repressing; state of being repressed.
Psychoanalysis. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.
Origin of repression
1325-75; Middle English repressioun < Medieval Latin repressiōn- (stem of repressiō), Late Latin: suppression. See repress, -ion
Related forms
nonrepression, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repression
  • But if repression comes into play they experience disgust for eating and evince hysterical vomiting.
  • Furthermore, repression has a place in the exhibition dream.
  • We shall learn that tendency-wit itself is capable of liberating pleasure from sources that have undergone repression.
  • Anti-Soviet demonstrations the following year ushered in a period of harsh repression.
  • There is also demonstrated value during times of repression under harsh regimes.
  • They will have proven it possible to flourish through the active repression of free expression.
  • If so, aggression repression started way before tool use.
  • The issues here are entirely obvious to anyone who is not blinkered by ideology and/or repression.
  • It's a cycle of repression vs ebullient extravagance.
  • However, there are also signals of excessive worry and a repression of unverbalized fears.
British Dictionary definitions for repression


the act or process of repressing or the condition of being repressed
(psychoanal) the subconscious rejection of thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conduct See suppression (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for repression

late 14c., noun of action from repress (v.), or else from Medieval Latin repressionem (nominative repressio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reprimere. Psychological sense is from 1908; biochemical sense is from 1957.

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repression in Medicine

repression re·pres·sion (rĭ-prěsh'ən)

  1. The act of repressing or the state of being repressed.

  2. The unconscious exclusion of painful impulses, desires, or fears from the conscious mind.

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