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repression

[ri-presh-uh n] /rɪˈprɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of repressing; state of being repressed.
2.
Psychoanalysis. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.
Origin of repression
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English repressioun < Medieval Latin repressiōn- (stem of repressiō), Late Latin: suppression. See repress, -ion
Related forms
nonrepression, noun
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  • No repression, nor polite self-abnegation from Sandford this time; just plain, frank exultation and pride of achievement.

  • He beat them down again to repression; but he never afterwards knew how he did it.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • repression and reproof, and Page 61 thwarting of the child's will, and coaxing and entreaty must cease.

    The Nervous Child Hector Charles Cameron
  • Pale, stern, composed, he stood an iron figure of repression.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The accumulated bitterness of years of repression spoke in the taunt.

British Dictionary definitions for repression

repression

noun
1.
the act or process of repressing or the condition of being repressed
2.
(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
n.

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)
n.

  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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