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repressive

Line breaks: re|pres¦sive
Pronunciation: /rɪˈprɛsɪv
 
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Definition of repressive in English:

adjective

1(Especially of a social or political system) inhibiting or restraining personal freedom: a repressive regime
More example sentences
  • It is also a politically safe position for the narrator who must negotiate his way through a repressive political system.
  • France was ruled by an absolutist monarchy and dominated by a repressive mercantilist economic policy regime.
  • In any case, when we look at women's resistance to government pressure, I think we should avoid the temptation to turn them into pure political subversives critiquing a repressive government.
Synonyms
1.1Inhibiting or preventing the expression or awareness of thoughts or desires: a repressive moral code
More example sentences
  • This is evident not only in the imposition of an alien, Eurocentric repressive moral code, but also in acts of violence and sexual exploitation.
  • Neil Cox presents a long-overdue discussion of the Surrealist fascination with the Marquis de Sade, which he argues was based on the theme of ‘desire frustrated by repressive authority’.
  • As the story proceeds, the stirring of these erotic impulses in the midst of a society governed by a strict, repressive code of honor creates unpredictable complications.

Derivatives

repressively

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Unlike most Americans, having lived in the Soviet Union, I have some experiences of a society where a national ID system was used relatively repressively.
  • For Michel, the authority of the museum operates in tandem with the authority of the state, and both function repressively to produce a passive viewer/subject.
  • When tracing minorities over time, we have repeatedly observed that violent political action follows a period of nonviolent activity that was either ignored or dealt with repressively.

repressiveness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • A whole school of British film and television drama perpetuates the romanticized myth of working-class life - a kind of ‘noble savage’ genre that utterly falsifies the grim repressiveness that this life actually embodies.
  • The casual repressiveness of these images, the one frightening, the other poignant, itself seems sewn into the very fabric of Afghani society.
  • This was because of its repressiveness, which weakened its apparatus and opened up the need for public participation.

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