AskDefine | Define repression

Dictionary Definition



1 a state of forcible subjugation; "the long repression of Christian sects"
2 (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious
3 the act of repressing; control by holding down; "his goal was the repression of insolence"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of repressing; state of being repressed.
  2. The rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

Extensive Definition

Repression may refer to:
repression in German: Repression
repression in French: Répression
repression in Georgian: რეპრესია
repression in Dutch: Repressie
repression in Japanese: 抑圧
repression in Portuguese: Repressão
repression in Slovak: Represia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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