What does repression mean?

Definitions for repressionrɪˈprɛʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repression(noun)

    a state of forcible subjugation

    "the long repression of Christian sects"

  2. repression(noun)

    (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

  3. repression(noun)

    the act of repressing; control by holding down

    "his goal was the repression of insolence"


  1. repression(Noun)

    The act of repressing; state of being repressed.

  2. repression(Noun)

    The involuntary rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repression(noun)

    the act of repressing, or state of being repressed; as, the repression of evil and evil doers

  2. Repression(noun)

    that which represses; check; restraint

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. rpression.]


  1. Repression

    "Repression" is the 150th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the fourth episode of the seventh season of the series.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Repression

    The active mental process of keeping out and ejecting, banishing from consciousness, ideas or impulses that are unacceptable to it.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repression in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Hutchins:

    The policy of repression of ideas cannot work and never has worked.

  2. Haydee Gallardo:

    I don't think the repression will stop considering that they continue to keep watch over us, i'm afraid the repression will result in him getting locked up again.

  3. Haydee Gallardo:

    I don’t think the repression will stop considering that they continue to keep watch over us, i’m afraid the repression will result in him getting locked up again.

  4. Abd Arrahem Kamoun:

    What we are living now is a repression of mosques that is worse than the past regime, at least Ben Ali never touched the mosques, Today it is harder to control the younger salafists after all the repression.

  5. Marco Rubio:

    Almost three weeks after your Cuba announcement, there is absolutely no reason why any of these individuals should be in prison or the targets of repression – or for their identities, conditions and whereabouts to remain such closely held secrets.

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