Definition of Repression

1. Noun. A state of forcible subjugation. "The long repression of Christian sects"

Generic synonyms: Subjection, Subjugation
Derivative terms: Repress



2. Noun. (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious.

3. Noun. The act of repressing; control by holding down. "His goal was the repression of insolence"
Generic synonyms: Control
Derivative terms: Repress

Definition of Repression

1. n. The act of repressing, or state of being repressed; as, the repression of evil and evil doers.

Definition of Repression

1. Noun. The act of repressing; state of being repressed. ¹

2. Noun. The involuntary rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Repression

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Repression

1. The inhibition of a gene's expression, this is typically caused by the change in the activity of a regulatory protein. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Repression

representers
representing
representment
represents
repress
repressed
represser
repressers
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repressibility
repressible
repressible enzyme
repressilator
repressilators
repressing
repression (current term)
repression-sensitization
repressionist
repressions
repressive
repressively
repressiveness
repressor
repressor gene
repressor protein
repressor proteins
repressors
repressure
repressured
repressures

Literary usage of Repression

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Psychology and Its Relation to Life by Arthur George Tansley (1920)
"CHAPTER XI FORGETFULNESS AND repression WE saw at the end of the last chapter that the most drastic way of avoiding or putting an end to conflict is what is ..."

2. Criminology by Maurice Parmelee (1918)
"The repression of this type of crime frequently comes from tyrants, ... Consequently, this kind of repression often results in tyrannicide and regicide. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The repression of inducible enzyme synthesis by glucose has been known for many years and was originally called the "glucose effect" (4). ..."

4. The Psychoanalytic Method by Oskar Pfister (1917)
"SYMPTOMS THE repression does not occasion the submergence below the ... Thus, by the repression and fixation, the instincts are deflected into paths ..."

5. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1870)
"THE repression OF CRIME. The Prison Association has studied the question of the repression of crime no less than that of its sources. ..."

6. Experimental Sociology. Descriptive and Analytical: Delinquents by Frances Kellor (1901)
"It is not a historical survey, but an attempt to trace the idea of crime from its origin through the methods used for its repression. ..."

7. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"THE repression OF HEATHENISM UNDER ... to active measures of repression he increased the severity of his laws against what was of doubtful legality in ..."

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