- confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed: pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.
Origin of pent-up
First recorded in 1705–15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up
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repressed, suppressed, bottled-up.
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Examples from the Web for pent-up
Is it the Internet as an escape valve for decades of pent-up rebellion against political correctness?Why Are Men So Angry?
February 28, 2011
All that pent-up uncertainty—a “bonus,” by definition, is discretionary—creates paranoia pretty much all year.Europe's Got Balls
July 8, 2010
Pent-up grievances fester, and the suppression of tribal and religious identity can lead to violence.Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
December 10, 2009
There is indeed pent-up energy and aggression, but much in the show is also funny and sweet.Tim Burton's Twisted Art
November 19, 2009
Once he got his foppish foot in the door, he celebrated by unleashing the full majesty of his pent-up fashion exhibitionism.Benjamin Disraeli: Dead Cool
September 30, 2009
It seemed a relief to the pent-up feelings to sing at the top of the voice.In the Midst of Alarms
Mercy had heard all, and her pent-up grief broke out in sobs.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Then, left alone with her pent-up emotions, she no longer resisted them.
He smiled knowingly at her, and Marion loosed some of her pent-up laughter.
He would like to have had a few at that moment as a relief to his pent-up emotions.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
- not released; repressedpent-up emotions
- kept unwillinglyI've been pent up in this office for over a year
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