V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to hold back as an act of constraint; 2. to force out of one's consciousness; 3. to put down by force before control has been lost, as with a rebellion
Synonyms: restrain, suppress, check, inhibit, curb, cork, quell
Antonyms: allow, approve, permit
Tips: Repress denotes the "pressing back" of emotions or actions. It is about controlling, suppressing, or hiding something entirely, as a conscious choice. Within politics or rebellions, those in charge can repress (push down) an uprising. Psychologically speaking, it is common to repress painful or disturbing memories, or push them below the surface. Repress can be used to talk about outbursts like tears and laughter, though it's probably better to use "suppress" in these cases.
My sense of humor often gets the best of me, and I must repress the urge to laugh. (restrain, quell)
The crowd is getting restless and angry; they must be repressed. (restrained, suppressed) adjective
She had repressed her grief for so long, it finally manifested into a serious depression. (suppressed, inhibited)
I repressed my tears throughout the whole movie, but the ending scene finally got me, and I cried like a baby. (quelled, checked, held back)
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