What does repression mean?

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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

  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.

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How to say repression in sign language?

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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. Amnesty International:

    The strategy for repression appears to have been directed from the highest levels of government, president Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo repeatedly demonized demonstrators and denied they were being killed.

  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. Yaqiu Wang:

    Everyone who supports religious freedom should stand with Wang Yi and speak out against the Chinese government's repression of religion.

  4. Katsumoto Saotome:

    I think we're turning backwards, down that road, everyone thinks at first that it's nothing, but more and more things accumulate, and then it's repression. I worry about what happens to women and children in this situation. We have to talk about it, maybe that will put a brake on things.

  5. Paul Chambers:

    If Yingluck is impeached this could easily spark snowballing sympathy for Yingluck and a resurrection of pro-Thaksin and pro-democracy sentiment that could give way to the potential beginning of demonstrations, military repression of these demonstrations could increase sympathy for them, and the longer the military remains in power, the less likely it can sustain societal approval for doing so.

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