- subjected to, affected by, or characteristic of psychological repression: repressed emotional conflicts.
Origin of repressed
- to press again or anew.
Origin of re-press
- to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).
- to keep down or suppress (anything objectionable).
- to put down or quell (sedition, disorder, etc.).
- to reduce (persons) to subjection.
- Psychoanalysis. to reject (painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses) from the conscious mind.
- to initiate or undergo repression.
Origin of repress
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Related Wordsinhibit, subdue, suppress, crush, quell, quash, restrain, muffle, squelch, subjugate, stifle, control, hinder, kill, compose, chasten, lock, smother, shush, cork
Examples from the Web for repressed
Not to mention the core Christian idea that sexuality is, itself, a necessary evil, and something that must be repressed.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
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This inner world, as Freud and others had previously suggested, was a fiction of repressed fantasies, dreams, and visions.Joseph O'Neill's 'The Dog' Has a Dystopian Dubai as Modernity's Stand-In
September 8, 2014
The characters in Downton and in that time period are often quite reserved and their emotions are repressed.How Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna's Controversial Rape Arc
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Repressed anger is one of the key dimensions to this struggle.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy
July 18, 2014
This struggle is for those who have been repressed, this struggle is for those who are imprisoned.Exclusive: Read the Speech Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López Made Before He Was Jailed
February 19, 2014
Grant repressed an impulse to shout, and used the breath for an extra burst of speed.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
She was exactly the same as when they had parted, just as handsome, just as scornful, just as repressed.Little Dorrit
His breathing was a little quickened; but he repressed all other signs of agitation.A Tale of Two Cities
But Rawson knew that that slim body was tense with repressed emotion.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
Imagine “swell up” from Sandford, the repressed and decorous!A Breath of Prairie and other stories
- (of a person) repressing feelings, instincts, desires, etc
- to keep (feelings, etc) under control; suppress or restrainto repress a desire
- to put into a state of subjugationto repress a people
- psychoanal to banish (thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conduct) from one's conscious mind
Word Origin and History for repressed
1660s, past participle adjective from repress (v.). Psychological sense by 1904.
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.
- Being subjected to or characterized by repression.
- To hold back by an act of volition.
- To exclude something from the conscious mind.