Definition of repression noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpreʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpreʃn//
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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
  3. Extra examples Streams of migrants are fleeing war, repression and poverty. The trade unions suffered brutal repression after the coup. her attempts to combat censorship and political repression repression against ethnic minorities repression by the state the religious repression during his rule Peasant farmers face poverty and severe government repression. There was a campaign of repression against minorities in the north.
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