- control, suppress, hold back, bottle up, check, master, hold in, overcome, curb, restrain, inhibit, overpower, keep in check •
People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
opposites: release, encourage, express, let out, give free rein to
- hold back, suppress, stifle, smother, silence, swallow, muffle •
I couldn't repress a sigh of admiration.
- subdue, abuse, crush, oppress, quash, wrong, persecute, quell, subjugate, maltreat, trample underfoot, tyrannize over, rule with an iron hand •
They have been repressed for decades.
opposites: free, liberate
'repressed' in Other Languages
- British English: repressed ADJECTIVE
A repressed person is someone who does not allow themselves to have natural feelings and desires, especially sexual ones.Some have charged that they were sexually repressed.
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