verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of repress
Synonyms for repress
Antonyms for repress
Examples from the Web for repressible
Historical Examples of repressible
The young man's heart beat for a moment with repressible excitement.From Canal Boy to President
Horatio Alger, Jr.
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.