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rɪˈprɛʃ ənre·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repressionnoun

    a state of forcible subjugation

    "the long repression of Christian sects"

  2. repressionnoun

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

  3. repressionnoun

    the act of repressing; control by holding down

    "his goal was the repression of insolence"


  1. repressionnoun

    The act of repressing; state of being repressed.

  2. repressionnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repressionnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rpression.]

  2. Repressionnoun

    that which represses; check; restraint

    Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of repression in a Sentence

  1. Stacy Lentz:

    It's a symbol of fighting against repression and we are thrilled the building will be preserved for generations to come.

  2. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez:

    Moreover, there are consistent reports that U.S. companies fail to undertake basic labor and human rights assessments in Xinjiang, in essence willfully ignoring the horrific conditions of forced labor in Xinjiang, in failing to uphold their responsibilities to vet their supply chains, these companies may be complicit in the mass repression of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups.

  3. Jorge Sharp:

    More repression won't resolve the social injustices, it will only provoke more violence.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    It is particularly outrageous when individuals who claim to be fleeing repression in Cuba are welcomed and allowed to ?collect federal assistance based on their plight, only to return often to the very place they claimed to be fleeing.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    Since at least March 2017, local authorities dramatically escalated their decades-long campaign of repression against Uyghur Muslims and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups, including ethnic Kazakhs and ethnic Kyrgyz.

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. collation
    • B. congius
    • C. foumart
    • D. ventricle

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