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repression

[ ri-presh-uhn ]
/ rɪˈprɛʃ ən /
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noun
the act of repressing; state of being repressed.
Psychology, Psychoanalysis. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses: Freud's approach to interpreting early memories emphasizes what is forgotten through the mechanism of repression.
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Origin of repression

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English repressioun, from Medieval Latin repressiōn- (stem of repressiō ), Late Latin: “suppression”; see repress, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM repression

non·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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Medical 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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