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repression

[ ri-presh-uh n ]
/ rɪˈprɛʃ ən /
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noun

the act of repressing; state of being repressed.
Psychoanalysis. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

RELATED WORDS

oppression, suppression, control, restraint, constraint, inhibition, check, quelling, smothering

Nearby words

representatives, house of, repress, repressed, represser, repressible enzyme, repression, repressive, repressively, repressor, repressor gene, reprieval

Origin of repression

1325–75; Middle English repressioun < Medieval Latin repressiōn- (stem of repressiō), Late Latin: suppression. See repress, -ion
Related formsnon·re·pres·sion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for repression

repression


noun

the act or process of repressing or the condition of being repressed
psychoanal the subconscious rejection of thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conductSee suppression (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for repression

repression


n.

late 14c., noun of action from repress (v.), or else from Medieval Latin repressionem (nominative repressio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reprimere. Psychological sense is from 1908; biochemical sense is from 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for repression

repression

[ rĭ-prĕshən ]

n.

The act of repressing or the state of being repressed.
The unconscious exclusion of painful impulses, desires, or fears from the conscious mind.
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