Definition of repression in English:
1The action of subduing someone or something by force.
- Irish readers will quickly spot the familiar pattern of failed uprising followed by brutal repression.
- Aristocratic progress is thus checked by the very body responsible for brutal repression, allowing Grandison to avoid complicity in violence.
- On his election as prime minister, Aznar engaged a policy of repression towards ETA, arresting its leaders and main supporters.
1.1The restraint, prevention, or inhibition of a feeling, quality, etc. the repression of anger can be positively harmful
More example sentences
- Julien uses museums, often founded on colonialist exploitation, as sites of oppression, repression and desire.
- Throughout, both sexual motivations and repression dominate.
- After Freud, no one can ignore the realm of the unconscious and repression, and Weinrich considers him as well.
1.2The action or process of suppressing a thought or desire in oneself so that it remains unconscious.
- As a young boy but not a child repression of sexual desire for the mother has occurred and latency should be present.
- It is in the characters' repression of desire that emotion can be felt most.
- Struggling with rage, repression, and obsessive desire, she gradually allows herself to have a sexual relationship with the one person she adores - her sister.
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