What does the word repression mean?

Usage examples for repression

  1. She was so happy in the pain this self- repression gave her she hardly thought how much happier she could have been had there been no need for it. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  2. She coughed, and in her effort of repression, coughed again. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  3. The lines of strain and repression over which she had sighed more than once before now had surely deepened during the last weeks! – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey