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Definition of repression noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the act of using force to control a group of people and restrict their freedom government repression They were fighting against repression and injustice in their country.
  2. 2the act of controlling strong emotions and desires and not allowing them to be expressed, so that they no longer seem to exist sexual repression
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: repression