1 using force to control people
ADJ. extreme, massive, severe | bloody, brutal, ruthless | political | government, military, police, state
VERB + REPRESSION suffer (from) The trade unions suffered brutal repression after the coup. | subject (sb/sth) to Reports claimed that civilians were being subjected to ruthless repression.
PREP. ~ against repression against ethnic minorities | ~ by repression by the state
PHRASES a target for/of repression
2 controlling strong emotions/desires
ADJ. emotional, sexual