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repression (n.)

late 14c., repressioun, "restraint, act of subduing," noun of action from repress (v.), or else from Medieval Latin repressionem (nominative repressio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin reprimere. Psychological sense is from 1908; biochemical sense is from 1957. French répression (15c.) is not early enough.

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Definitions of repression from WordNet

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