[ ri-prest ]
/ rɪˈprɛst /


subjected to, affected by, or characteristic of psychological repression: repressed emotional conflicts.

Origin of repressed

First recorded in 1900–05; repress + -ed2

Related forms

non·re·pressed, adjectiveun·re·pressed, adjective

Definition for repressed (2 of 3)


[ ree-pres ]
/ ˈriˈprɛs /

verb (used with or without object)

to press again or anew.

Origin of re-press

First recorded in 1870–75; re- + press1

Definition for repressed (3 of 3)


[ ri-pres ]
/ rɪˈprɛs /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to initiate or undergo repression.

Origin of repress

1325–75; Middle English repressen < Latin repressus (past participle of reprimere), equivalent to re- re- + pressus, past participle of primere to press1

Related forms

Can be confused

oppress repress

Synonym study

1. See check1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for repressed (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈprɛst) /


(of a person) repressing feelings, instincts, desires, etc

British Dictionary definitions for repressed (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈprɛs) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

represser, nounrepressible, adjective

Word Origin for repress

C14: from Latin reprimere to press back, from re- + premere to press 1
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Medicine definitions for repressed (1 of 2)


[ rĭ-prĕst ]


Being subjected to or characterized by repression.

Medicine definitions for repressed (2 of 2)


[ rĭ-prĕs ]


To hold back by an act of volition.
To exclude something from the conscious mind.
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