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Synonyms for repress
rɪˈprɛsre·press

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Wiktionary

  1. repressverb

    To prevent forcefully an upheaval from developing further.

    Synonyms:
    subdue, quell, crush out, suppress

  2. repressverb

    Hence, to check; to keep back.

    Synonyms:
    restrain, hold back

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. repress

    To restrain is to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force. Constrain is positive; restrain is negative; one is constrained to an action; he is restrained from an action. Constrain refers almost exclusively to moral force, restrain frequently to physical force, as when we speak of putting one under restraint. To restrain an action is to hold it partially or wholly in check, so that it is under pressure even while it acts; to restrict an action is to fix a limit or boundary which it may not pass, but within which it is free. To repress, literally to press back, is to hold in check, and perhaps only temporarily, that which is still very active; it is a feebler word than restrain; to suppress is finally and effectually to put down; suppress is a much stronger word than restrain; as, to suppress a rebellion. Compare ARREST; BIND; KEEP.

    Synonyms:
    abridge, bridle, check, circumscribe, confine, constrain, curb, hinder, hold, hold back, hold in, keep, keep back, keep down, keep in, keep under, restrain, restrict, suppress, withhold

    Antonyms:
    aid, animate, arouse, emancipate, encourage, excite, free, impel, incite, let loose, release, set free

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. repress

    Synonyms:
    crush, quell, subdue, check, restrain, curb, overpower, mitigate, damp, calm, control

    Antonyms:
    raise, rouse, excite, agitate, aggravate, foment, intensify, foster, encourage, stimulate, incite, fan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduceverb

    put down by force or intimidation

    "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, strangle, get over, suppress, concentrate, master, conquer, avoid, quash, slim down, boil down, surmount, scale down, annul, trim down, thin out, inhibit, lose weight, decoct, cut, foreshorten, nullify, abbreviate, trim, slenderize, subject, shorten, deoxidise, crucify, subjugate, cut down, abridge, reduce, contract, melt off, subdue, curb, stamp down, invalidate, deoxidize, come down, subordinate, tame, number, mortify, dilute, slim, shrink, smother, thin, bring down, trim back, cut back, overcome, muffle, keep down, stifle, void, tighten

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

    Synonyms:
    keep down, cramp, muffle, surround, quash, halter, suppress, asphyxiate, subjugate, gag, mute, strangulate, throttle, reduce, hamper, put out, damp, suffocate, dull, smother, choke, stifle, dampen, tone down, strangle, subdue

  3. suppress, repressverb

    put out of one's consciousness

    Synonyms:
    keep down, muffle, bottle up, oppress, stamp down, inhibit, reduce, subjugate, smother, crush, quash, stifle, suppress, conquer, curb, strangle, subdue

  4. repressverb

    block the action of

    Synonyms:
    stifle, subdue, subjugate, muffle, strangle, keep down, smother, reduce, suppress, quash

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Editors Contribution

  1. choke back (verb)

    fail to control one’s emotions

    they choked back tears (feelings; anger; disappointment, etc.)

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. repressverb

    Synonyms:
    suppress, subdue, crush, quell, overpower, overcome, put down

  2. repressverb

    Synonyms:
    restrain, check, curb, bridle, control, chasten, rein in, sober down

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. repressverb

    Synonyms:
    quell, subdue, suppress, overpower, restrain, curb, stifle

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "repress":

    suppress, oppress, stifle, quell, suppressing, punish

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How to use repress in a sentence?

  1. United States:

    The United States Government and Department of Commerce can not and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China, this action will ensure that our technologies, fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise, are not used to repress defenseless minority populations.

  2. Kohei Uchimura:

    What happened today can only make me stronger, i need to repress my feelings so I can perform better at the next competition.

  3. Lopez Obrador:

    There was a time in which the main violator of human rights was the state. It was the violator par excellence of human rights. That's over, i, as president, and at the same time as commander of the country's armed forces, will never give the order to massacre, to repress the people of Mexico.

  4. Francisco Palmieri:

    This violence to intimidate and repress the people must cease immediately.

  5. Robert Weiss:

    You don't want to repress the desire. Sexuality is a part of being human, but you want to guide it.


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