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REPRESSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does repression mean? 

REPRESSION (noun)
  The noun REPRESSION has 3 senses:

1. a state of forcible subjugation
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

  Familiarity information: REPRESSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REPRESSION (noun)


Sense 1repression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of forcible subjugation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the long repression of Christian sects

Hypernyms ("repression" is a kind of...):

subjection; subjugation (forced submission to control by others)


Sense 2repression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("repression" is a kind of...):

defence; defence mechanism; defence reaction; defense; defense mechanism; defense reaction ((psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires)

Domain category:

psychiatry; psychological medicine; psychopathology (the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders)


Sense 3repression [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of repressing; control by holding down

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

his goal was the repression of insolence

Hypernyms ("repression" is a kind of...):

control (the activity of managing or exerting control over something)


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