Repression vs. Suppression - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Repression (noun)

    The act of repressing; state of being repressed.

  • Repression (noun)

    The involuntary rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

  • Suppression (noun)

    The act or instance of suppressing.

  • Suppression (noun)

    The state of being suppressed.

  • Suppression (noun)

    A process in which a person consciously excludes anxiety-producing thoughts, feelings, or memories.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Suppression (noun)

    the action of suppressing something such as an activity or publication

    "the heavy-handed suppression of political dissent"

  • Suppression (noun)

    stoppage or reduction of a discharge or secretion.

  • Suppression (noun)

    the absence or non-development of a part or organ that is normally present.

  • Suppression (noun)

    the cancelling of the effect of one mutation by a second mutation.

  • Suppression (noun)

    the restraint or repression of an idea, activity, or reaction by something more powerful.

  • Suppression (noun)

    the conscious inhibition of unacceptable memories, impulses, or desires.

  • Suppression (noun)

    prevention of electrical interference.

Webster Dictionary

  • Repression (noun)

    The act of repressing, or state of being repressed; as, the repression of evil and evil doers.

  • Repression (noun)

    That which represses; check; restraint.

  • Suppression (noun)

    The act of suppressing, or the state of being suppressed; repression; as, the suppression of a riot, insurrection, or tumult; the suppression of truth, of reports, of evidence, and the like.

  • Suppression (noun)

    Complete stoppage of a natural secretion or excretion; as, suppression of urine; - used in contradiction to retention, which signifies that the secretion or excretion is retained without expulsion.

  • Suppression (noun)

    Omission; as, the suppression of a word.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Repression (noun)

    a state of forcible subjugation;

    "the long repression of Christian sects"

  • Repression (noun)

    (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

  • Repression (noun)

    the act of repressing; control by holding down;

    "his goal was the repression of insolence"

  • Suppression (noun)

    (botany) the failure to develop of some part or organ of a plant

  • Suppression (noun)

    the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation;

    "a suppression of the newspaper"

  • Suppression (noun)

    forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority;

    "the suppression of heresy"

    "the quelling of the rebellion"

    "the stifling of all dissent"

  • Suppression (noun)

    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires

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