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Oppression/Repression??

Asked by Evan (805points) December 14th, 2006
how would you characterize the linguistic difference between oppression and repression?
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gailcalled's avatar
In the common parlance, oppression is done by an external authority and repression is done by your own brain. The results may feel alike...and many dictionaries have similar definitions...but I would say,"Iran has an oppresssive gov't" and "I behave in repressed manner, due to genes, childhood, barometric pressure, whatever."
anne_bacon's avatar
what she said.

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