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The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
  trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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suppression suppress suppressed suppressing suppresses suppressant suppresser suppressible
Synonym Comparison:  Suppress and repress can be interchanged; though in psychology something that is repressed is done unconsciously while something that is suppressed is done voluntarily.
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  • The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
  • She struggled to suppress a smile as the little boy told of his fear of a monster under the bed.
  • He who can suppress a moment’s anger may prevent a day of sorrow.
    Tryon Edwards
  • There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it it got even stronger.
    Saul Bellow

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  • Chuck suppressed a laugh by putting his hand over his mouth.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Miles’s face began to twitch with barely suppressed rage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • But the love of freedom is native to every human being and every nation, and cannot be suppressed in the long term.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • She cried without trying to suppress any of the noisier manifestations of grief and confusion,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Society suppresses us and dominates us
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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  • The first fire came from the flank. Two squads of ARVNs moved out to suppress it.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Tobias’s mouth twitches, as if in a smile, but if that’s what it was, he suppresses it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I have to suppress hysteria if I’m going to help him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • But there was another, wilder possibility that kept raising its head, though he tried vainly to suppress it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I always stayed at the park until I could no longer suppress my growling stomach.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Meggie had to suppress a giggle.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • I’d suppressed a laugh.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • She suppressed a sob.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Roy suppressed a smile.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • Paul suppressed a laugh.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Watching the boys vanish away, Charles Halloway suppressed a sudden urge to run with them,
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I suppressed my curiosity, though it was far from idle.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • You’ll see I grinned, barely able to suppress my excitement.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • I suppress a laugh as I stand at the edge of the pool and watch her attempt the impossible.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • This was to be suppressed.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • She suppressed a feeling of sadness about that, hoping that one day he would change.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Okonkwo, who had been walking about aimlessly in his compound in suppressed anger, suddenly found an outlet.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Here the other guinea-pig cheered, and was suppressed.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • she had been given a drug to suppress her power;
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • wherever he tried to hide he was found out by the terrific explosions of his suppressed sneezes.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • I hurried on, suppressing a savage urge to push my fist through the pane.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Despite all the difficulty he was in, he could not suppress a smile at this thought.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • Chamberlain suppressed a smile.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Nudge suppressed a grin as I gave Gazzy a narrow-eyed glare.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • RUTH has her fists clenched on her thighs and is fighting hard to suppress a scream that seems to be rising in her.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • He glanced downward and had to force himself to suppress a scream.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • The Prime Minister gazed hopelessly at the pair of them for a moment, then the words he had fought to suppress all evening burst from him at last.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Suppressing an involuntary smile,
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • The sight of the plate of food, wilted and solitary, made the suppressed tears well up in her eyes.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • "My common Muggle-born mother," he added, shaking with suppressed rage.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She suppressed a smile, though her eyes were still teary.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "Vlacas," Annabeth muttered, which was basically calling herself an idiot in Greek.
    Her second-in-command, Malcolm, suppressed a smile.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • struggling with suppressed laughter
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Try as he might to suppress his own presence, that other thing never emerges.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • the suppression of the horrors of the Middle Passage
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • The assembly, suppressing a growl of disgust at Mr. Tuffett’s indulgence in the oldest schoolmaster’s trick on record, adjourned and followed him to the front of the building.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • At the time, I’d suppressed the urge to ask him a dozen questions.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I suppress the urge for now, and continue to plead.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Thomas suppressed the rising panic, closed his eyes.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Connor suppresses a grin.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
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