verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- representatives, house of,
- repressible enzyme,
Origin of repress
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-press
Examples from the Web for repress
Krampus makes manifest the shadow sides of human nature that Christianity seeks to repress.
The deal with the Iranian government will give them a free hand to repress activists and keep political prisoners behind bars.How America’s Nuclear Deal Sold Out Iran’s Liberals|David Keyes & Ahmad Batebi|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Saudi Arabia wanted to establish an Islamic state in Afghanistan and repress Shia (it wants the same in Syria today).
Also, expect attempts to repress it by those in power—who stand to directly lose the most.
Of course Saddam Hussein tended to repress or kill most of his opponents.
A sharp turn to the left, and Uncle Sid could not repress an exclamation of awed delight at the scene before him.The Vision of Elijah Berl|Frank Lewis Nason
"Good evening, madam," he says, unable to repress a smile at her manifest astonishment on beholding him there.A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
Each pretended to admire the other with an extravagance of show which made it hard for the bystander to repress doubts and smiles.
A feeling of disappointment it is impossible to repress ensues.The Church Index|William Pepperell
An Indian learns from childhood to repress all outward evidence of feeling springing either from joy or pain.The Pioneer Boys on the Mississippi|Harrison Adams
Word Origin for repress
late 14c., "to check, restrain," from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere "hold back, curb," figuratively "check, confine, restrain, refrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + premere "to push" (see press (v.1)).
Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense, it represents German verdrängen (Freud, 1893), first attested 1904 (implied in repressed). Meaning "to put down" (a rebellion, etc.) is from late 15c. Related: Repressed; repressing.