Definition of repression in English:

repression

noun

  • 1The action of subduing someone or something by force.

    • ‘Nor can they have any idea of what it must be like to live permanently in an atmosphere of fear and violent repression.’
    • ‘It also provides practical help to journalists and media that are the victims of repression.’
    • ‘The interruption of totalitarian repression and world war failed to completely remove the cut-up tendency and these days there are plenty of sound artists enthusiastically working on audio cuts ups.’
    • ‘For the Fellbach assignment, Mieth and Hagel returned to the German town they had fled more than two decades earlier because of Nazi repression.’
    • ‘On his election as prime minister, Aznar engaged a policy of repression towards ETA, arresting its leaders and main supporters.’
    • ‘But the political repression in his native Hungary quashed his writing ambitions.’
    • ‘Nevertheless many people who now migrate from the Third World do not do so out of choice, but because they are forced to by wars and political repression.’
    • ‘Irish readers will quickly spot the familiar pattern of failed uprising followed by brutal repression.’
    • ‘As repression became less overt, the number of arrests dwindled, and with them the number of investigation files.’
    • ‘The last forty pages of the publication are dedicated to the numerous journalists who have fallen the victims of repression around the world.’
    • ‘The demand for equal access to oil wealth by local communities and the harsh repression and murder of many indigenous activists by the government protecting the oil companies have made the region notorious.’
    • ‘Violence and repression work to desensitize people, leaving only a numbing wish to forget what is happening all about them.’
    • ‘A reputation for tolerance and civil liberties had been replaced by violence and repression.’
    • ‘While many Kurds did manage to assimilate, decades of repression and strained coexistence served to strengthen ethnic self-awareness for innumerable others.’
    • ‘Yet there is also a hard core of miscommunication, repression, and suffering.’
    • ‘In the short term, more repression may be an effective way for these leaders to quell opposition.’
    • ‘Before the 1990s this genre was practiced on a rather small scale, not least because of political repression and a conservative, rigidly regulated bureaucracy.’
    • ‘Aristocratic progress is thus checked by the very body responsible for brutal repression, allowing Grandison to avoid complicity in violence.’
    • ‘Based on Lawrence Thornton's novel, Hampton strives for a part human, part mystical response to a brutal regime, bent on repression.’
    • ‘The ruling royal family, which has enjoyed the lion's share of oil wealth, is perceived as corrupt, and repression of domestic discontent is high.’
    suppression, quelling, quashing, subduing, crushing, squashing, stamping out
    oppression, subjugation, suppression, domination, tyranny, subjection, despotism, dictatorship, authoritarianism
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    1. 1.1 The restraint, prevention, or inhibition of a feeling, quality, etc.
      ‘the repression of anger can be positively harmful’
      • ‘It ignores or abstracts away from the primordial forms of raw sensation: affect, excitation, stimulation and repression, pleasure and pain, shock and habit.’
      • ‘The weakness in radical critiques of society and sex is that they fail to recognise that sex needs a ritual binding to control its demonism and secondly that society's repressions increase sexual pleasure.’
      • ‘It is actually composed of emotional distance, politics, finance, and sexual repression.’
      • ‘If new studies of memory and the brain disprove Freud's fundamental hypotheses about the mechanism of repression, then Freud's theory of libido becomes less plausible, and psychoanalysis is undermined as a theory of art.’
      • ‘Strong image is often reached by means of severe censoring and suppression; the clarity of image frequently contains hidden repression.’
      • ‘The denial of consensual interracial alliance - political or sexual - highlights the key role repression plays in establishing the social order of the post-Reconstruction South.’
      • ‘Suo's movie was, beyond sweet entertainment, a subtle look at Japanese work culture and the repression of desire.’
      • ‘Throughout, both sexual motivations and repression dominate.’
      • ‘Freudian analysis sees human behaviour being directed by repression of feelings from early childhood.’
      • ‘After Freud, no one can ignore the realm of the unconscious and repression, and Weinrich considers him as well.’
      • ‘This reflects the presumed scenario of sexual repression or abuse which associates pleasure with control and isolates the victim in an impassive relationship to bodily function.’
      • ‘Bunuel took tales of heated love and thwarted desire and turned them into personal statements about obsession, repression, bourgeois propriety, Catholicism, and fetishism.’
      • ‘This once-prestigious vocation has fallen on hard times, and for most now conjures little more than hierarchical abuse and sexual repression.’
      • ‘Julien uses museums, often founded on colonialist exploitation, as sites of oppression, repression and desire.’
      • ‘The extra layer of repression, though, becomes a gauze obscuring the emotional beats of the story.’
      • ‘Shakespeare's ambivalently comic treatment of power, sexuality, and repression belongs very much to the early years of the Jacobean period.’
      • ‘The two valences of withheld history and sexual repression intersect in the confession scene.’
      • ‘With a camera in hand, she was free to ask the impertinent questions that would emancipate society from its sexual repression.’
      • ‘This lack may be projected onto their culture, particularly if the lack is due to a culturally driven repression.’
      • ‘What begins as a monologue with French-accented English from a mumbling - if endearing - simpleton emerges as a metaphor not only for language and cultural divides but sexual awakening and repression.’
      restraint, restraining, holding back, keeping back, biting back, suppression, keeping in check, control, keeping under control, stifling, smothering, bottling up
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    2. 1.2 The action or process of suppressing a thought or desire in oneself so that it remains unconscious.
      • ‘Psychologically, the deep repression of sexuality that seems to have resulted from the repeated spankings administered to him as a child by his mother may have determined his morbid response to the abuse.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this young cast steers it further into caricature, playing the sexual repression and racism for light laughs.’
      • ‘One can go further and suggest that this refusal to acknowledge and represent homosexual desire is another form of the writer's repression of the feminine within.’
      • ‘In 1938 he was the subject of an offensive caricature in Samuel Beckett's Murphy, where his experiments with Gaelic prosody and his sexual repression are mocked in the figure of Austin Ticklepenny.’
      • ‘Particular focus has been on girls and women, for the reason that it is they who suffer most from cultural and religious oppression and repression.’
      • ‘They had accepted all that world of sexual repression, had accepted its rules, the hypocrisy of the myth of female virginity and, needless to say, they had accepted authority.’
      • ‘Struggling with rage, repression, and obsessive desire, she gradually allows herself to have a sexual relationship with the one person she adores - her sister.’
      • ‘Quentin's attempt to project an alternative ideal for Caddy is a form of repression, masking his unspoken desire for something he cannot have.’
      • ‘When his lawyer describes him as ‘the modern man’, we understand that his repression is shared by the film's society.’
      • ‘As a young boy but not a child repression of sexual desire for the mother has occurred and latency should be present.’
      • ‘I haven't attended a circus since and can only surmise what sort of unspeakable terror I experienced that day, its memory locked deep within the vault of repression that sits just east of my heart.’
      • ‘Here we see the furtive behavior of Tomik as a desperate need to connect, and even, given his repression, as an understandable misdirection of desire.’
      • ‘It is in the characters' repression of desire that emotion can be felt most.’
      • ‘Most surprising were reports about intellectual repression that students were experiencing.’
      • ‘His translators and mediators of colonial innocence are now dead so that Ben encounters two themes through which this innocence is challenged: withheld history and sexual repression.’
      • ‘There is an awkward squad in British art bred perhaps of northern Protestantism and the sexual repression, even perversion, that is seen by the rest of Europe as being so characteristically British.’
      • ‘For example, during Reiko's struggle for sexual liberation, the mysterious stranger indeed helps knock down the walls of her repression and reawakens her own desires, which takes about half an hour of film time.’
      • ‘There seemed to be a deep underlying repression in those teens which had no healthy outlet.’
      • ‘He muses that this need to participate confuses some people into mistaking positive pro-action for repression.’
      • ‘The power of repression is almost palpable in her gestures and intonations.’

Pronunciation

repression

/rəˈpreSH(ə)n//rəˈprɛʃ(ə)n/