American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hold back by an act of volition: couldn't repress a smirk.
- v. To put down by force, usually before total control has been lost; quell: repress a rebellion.
- v. Psychology To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
- v. Biology To block (transcription of a gene) by combination of a protein to an operator gene.
- v. To take repressive action.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To press back or down effectually; crush; quell; put down; subdue; suppress.
- To check; restrain; keep under due restraint.
- Synonyms To curb, smother, overcome, overpower.
- 1 and Restrict, etc. See restrain.
- n. The act of subduing.
- n. The act of repressing.
- v. To press again.
- v. To prevent forcefully an upheaval from developing further.
- v. Hence, to check; to keep back.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To press again.
- v. To press back or down effectually; to crush down or out; to quell; to subdue; to supress
- v. Hence, to check; to restrain; to keep back.
- n. obsolete The act of repressing.
- v. block the action of
- v. put down by force or intimidation
- v. conceal or hide
- v. put out of one's consciousness
- Middle English repressen, from Latin reprimere, repress- : re-, re- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Inebriation, if not the wisest way to console and repress, is at least an opportune way to live with the knowledge that it is impossible to win affection.”
“Selling ideology not to inspire, but to repress is his main game, and he is quite good at it.”
“The groans, impossible to repress, that issued through the lips of”
“That's why is has to do with the unacknowledged and not the unknown, since ultimate realness is where we ALREADY ARE and this means our lives are grounded in that which we may "repress" (collectively or otherwise); however, please note that when you repress something, say death, you have to know what to repress in order to repress it.”
“Obama called on some regimes which "repress" their people, but everyone knows that those include only regimes which object to the American will.”
“The more I ceased to "repress" the political events of the Bush years, is the more I found myself overtaken with moral/rational outrage.”
“It's sort of set me up to brew two articles I have been dieing to produce without having to "repress" myself .. one on BANKING and one on Arctic Sovereignty .. which are both diatribes REALLY against insitutionalized violence.”
“Plus, the educated American operates under a common understanding that we are to "deal with" unpleasantness in our past rather than "repress" it, and then seek something called closure.”
“In the case of a symptom, I "repress" this death and try not to think about it, but the repressed trauma returns in the symptom.”
“It cannot merely "repress," or it has become a caricature of itself (which often happens, obviously through no fault of God).”
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