Definition Of repress


subdue (someone or something) by force.

the uprisings were repressed

Example Of repress

  • A mere eight years after Sebald voiced grave concerns about Germany's propensity to repress the past, to always be ‘looking and looking away at the same time,’ it is now no longer possible to look away.

  • Alongside this religious rituals were developed to protect the human ego from sexual impulses, thoughts and fantasies which had been repressed because the Church viewed such things as sinful.

  • Anglo - American troops face a well organised militia who were especially repressed by the dictator and had hitherto seemed willing to cooperate with his removers.

  • As the plot unfolds, Sonya finds that she has to repress herself in order to fit into mainstream American culture and attain her goals.

  • As Wheeler and Kahn have noted, this shared impulse gestures to a primal desire to repress the mother's crucial role as a powerful agent in the birth of the male self.

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