repression noun

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