[ US /ɹiˈpɹɛst/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪpɹˈɛst/ ]
  1. characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions
    her severe upbringing had left her inhibited
    their reactions were partly the product of pent-up emotions
    repressed rage turned his face scarlet
    a very inhibited young man, anxious and ill at ease
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How To Use repressed In A Sentence

  • Its drama is anaemic, devoid of blood, fear and the electricity of repressed desire. Times, Sunday Times
  • Consequently, when characters share on-screen space, it is almost claustrophobic because of the heavy presence of repressed longings and unspoken desires.
  • From her earliest student shorts, repressed sexual desire has been a consistent undercurrent in the New Zealander's work.
  • The English Renaissance, begun haltingly under Queen Elizabeth, reborn under Inigo Jones but repressed during the interregnum, now found its feet. British architecture: the baroque in Britain
  • That's why you repressed your feelings. Times, Sunday Times
  • He flew into hardly repressed passion, and wished himself clear of the whole household.
  • I want to know the free-spirited wildness of my unrepressed desires realising themselves in festive play.
  • He repressed a sudden desire to cry.
  • For years he had successfully repressed the painful memories of childhood.
  • Others use hypnosis to recover repressed memories of sexual abuse or of past lives.
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