Definition of repression in English:


Line breaks: re|pres¦sion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈprɛʃən


[mass noun]
1The action of subduing someone or something by force: students sparked off events that ended in brutal repression [count noun]: the tsarist repressions
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  • 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
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  • 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: children and adults pay a heavy price for their deep repression of thoughts about death [count noun]: an extraordinary panoply of sexual repressions and desires
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  • 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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