What does repression mean?

Definitions for repression
rɪˈprɛʃ ənre·pres·sion

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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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rpression.]

  2. Repression(noun)

    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. John McCain:

    There's still repression, yes, there's been improvement but there's still quite a way to go.

  2. Maria Werlau:

    If Amazon is removing the Confederate flag from its offerings, the logical and principled decision is to stop selling any promotional material, including T-shirts, of Che Guevara or any mass killer, it is very painful particularly to the loved ones of Guevara's victims as well as offensive to the Cuban people who continue to suffer repression and abhorrent human rights' abuses by the system Che Guevara helped create and direct.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    This is a windfall for the Castro regime that will be used to fund its repression against Cubans, as well as its activities against U.S. national interests in Latin America and beyond.

  4. Steven Mnuchin:

    Today the Treasury Department is targeting the unelected officials who surround Irans Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and implement his destabilizing policies, these individuals are linked to a wide range of malign behaviors by the regime, including bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killingsand repression of civilians.

  5. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    This shows an attempt to take advantage of a fabricated crisis to cover up the realities of the region which include the occupation and repression of the people of Palestine and the violation of their rights.

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