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repression

noun [U] uk   /rɪˈpreʃ.ən/ us  
the use of force or violence to control a group of people: The political repression in this country is enforced by terror. the process and effect of keeping particular thoughts and wishes out of your conscious mind in order to defend or protect it: an attitude of unhealthy sexual repression
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