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repress (v.)

late 14c., "to check, restrain (sin, error); to overcome, put down, subdue (riot, rebellion);" from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere "hold back, curb," figuratively "check, confine, restrain, refrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress" (from PIE root *per- (4) "to strike").

Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense "keep out of the conscious mind, keep in the subconscious" it represents German verdrängen (Freud, 1893), that sense of the word first attested in English in 1904 (implied in repressed). Related: Repressed; repressing.

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Definitions of repress from WordNet

repress (v.)
put down by force or intimidation;
Synonyms: quash / keep down / subdue / subjugate / reduce
repress (v.)
impede or hinder the natural development or self-expression of;
repress (v.)
suppress in order to conceal or hide;
repress a cry of fear
Synonyms: smother / stifle / strangle / muffle
repress (v.)
put out of one's consciousness;
Synonyms: suppress
repress (v.)
block the action of;
the process of repressing gene transcription
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