- 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.
Definition of repressed from the Collins English Thesaurus
(of a person) repressing feelings, instincts, desires, etc
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