Repress and Stifle


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Repress verb – To put a stop to (something) by the use of force.
Usage example: quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order

Stifle is a synonym for repress in suppress topic. In some cases you can use "Stifle" instead a verb "Repress", when it comes to topics like restrain, hold back, restraint, inhibit. popular alternative
Nearby Words: repression, repressive, repressing
Synonyms for Repress


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Stifle verb – To refrain from openly showing or uttering.
Usage example: stifled a yawn

Repress is a synonym for stifle in suppress topic. You can use "Repress" instead a verb "Stifle", if it concerns topics such as restrain, restraint, inhibit, prevent. popular alternative
Nearby Words: stifled, stifling
Synonyms for Stifle

Common collocations

desire repress desire stifle desire
attraction repress attraction stifle attraction
urge repress urge stifle urge
way repress way stifle way
Other nouns: personality, guilt, feelings, emotions, tendencies, talents, reactions.
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