American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not given expression; repressed: pent-up emotions.
- adj. characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions
- pent + up (Wiktionary)
“Simon Patten, one of the most influential economists of the early twentieth century, argued for an increase in the material wealth of ordinary Americans, but only so that they would not seek solace from their poverty by succumbing to “debasing appeals to pent-up passions.””
“It was as if we took the intellectual heritage of Franklin Roosevelt, the moral inspiration of John Kennedy, and a decade of pent-up demand for social change and converted them into a social reality.”
“Mounds of pent-up angst and haunted history disappeared in one sweet outpouring of defiance as the Cardinals earned the franchise's first home playoff win since 1947 when they called Chicago home.”
“Ironically, in contrast to the pent-up middle class women, Amelia saw the poor farm women as freer.”
“After years of living as beleaguered dissidents, Maher and his fellow organizers were suddenly swamped by an outpouring of pent-up emotion.”
“The dainty flourishes of the wrist and the slowly spreading smile suggest carefully withheld, pent-up force.”
“How'd He Die: After years of pent-up rage, Benjamin Linus murdered his father with a gas canister moments before the other DHARMA workers were mass-murdered.”
“Well, in today's school system, you can't exactly get away with passive-aggressively pegging a misbehaved student with rubber dodgeballs to soothe your pent-up rage.”
“Contacts in the area served by the Chicago Fed said that pent-up demand for both light and heavy motor vehicles, attributed to an aging fleet, was a key driver in that sector.”
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