Definition of repressed in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈprest/


1Restrained, inhibited, or oppressed: repressed indigenous groups repressed energy
oppressed, subjugated, subdued, tyrannized
1.1(Of a thought, feeling, or desire) kept suppressed and unconscious in one’s mind: repressed memories
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  • Psychoanalysis has focused on how the play dramatizes, as its raison d' être, the problems of the unconscious and repressed desire.
  • Theatre's capacity to regress us to childhood may also open the other scene, the unconscious, revealing repressed desires and forgotten fears.
  • Consequently, when characters share on-screen space, it is almost claustrophobic because of the heavy presence of repressed longings and unspoken desires.
restrained, suppressed, held back/in, kept in check, stifled, pent up, bottled up, unvented
1.2Having or characterized by a large number of thoughts, feelings, or desires, especially sexual ones, that are suppressed in this way: a very repressed, almost Victorian, household
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  • In other words, Glen created Glenda in order to sublimate his repressed sexual/maternal desires, and compensate for a lack of female attention.
  • For the reader attuned to the homoerotic subtext, the allusion to Madame Bovary here intensifies the sense of Philip's repressed emotions and sexual desire, and positions Gino as the object of that desire.
  • During the filming of Rebel, sexual tensions among Nicholas Ray, Natalie Wood, James Dean and Sal Mineo eerily reflected the repressed sexual desires inherent among the film's characters.
inhibited, frustrated, restrained
informal uptight, hung up

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Syllabification: re·pressed

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