Repress Definition

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To keep down or hold back; restrain.
To repress a sigh.
Webster's New World
To put down; subdue.
Webster's New World
To end, limit, or restrain, as by intimidation or other action.
Repress a heresy; repress inflation.
American Heritage
To force (ideas, impulses, etc. painful to the conscious mind) into the unconscious.
Webster's New World
To control so strictly or severely as to prevent the natural development or expression of.
To repress a child.
Webster's New World
The act of repressing.

Origin of Repress

  • Middle English repressen from Latin reprimere repress- re- re- premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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