suppress


suppress
suppress 1 *crush, quell, extinguish, quench, quash
Analogous words: subdue, overcome, surmount, *conquer: *abolish, annihilate: *destroy: *ruin, wreck
2 Suppress, repress both mean to hold back by the use of more or less force someone or something that seeks an outlet (as by expression or activity).
Suppress carries a strong implication of putting down or keeping back completely. It usually implies the exercise of great or oppressive power or even of violence. It often is a synonym of such words as overpower, crush, abolish, destroy, eliminate, or stifle, but in each case it tends strongly to suggest the prompt use of effective methods
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suppress an insurrection

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ungovernable passions . . . suppressed by the very same means which keep the rest of us in order— Conrad

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the bishop was purple with suppressed wrath— Sherman

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a regime of terror designed to brutally suppress . . . freedom, culture and national life— Shirer

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Repress, on the other hand, implies little more than a checking or restraining sometimes by an external force, sometimes by the power of the will or mind. It often suggests that the thing so held back may break out again or in a different way and so comes close to inhibit, bridle, or curb
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repressed his curiosity

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repressed her desire to weep

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his breathing was a little quickened; but he repressed all other signs of agitation— Dickens

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money and religion: yes, those are the two repressed subjects in the modern novel upon which furtively we open the door— Pritchett

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it is necessary to repress a natural scorn of the master of the glad hand and the soft soap— H. A. Burton

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as she passed the elm tree ... a thrill of recollected fear would run through her; but she repressed the temptation to talk about itMary Fitt

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In psychology suppress is commonly used with reference to desires, instincts, and emotions which are consciously and forcibly inhibited by the mind from seeking expression or overt activity; repress usually suggests an unconscious or subconscious process by which a desire or an impulse that is regarded as unacceptable because of one's religious, moral, or social training is inhibited by a refusal to recognize it or to permit consideration of it and so is left to operate in the unconscious.
Analogous words: *arrest, check, interrupt: extinguish, *abolish, annihilate: *forbid, prohibit, ban: subdue, overcome, surmount, *conquer

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