pent-up repressed
inhibited inhibited adj. 1. held back or restrained or prevented; as, in certain conditions previously inhibited conditioned reactions can reappear; -- of behaviors. Opposite of {uninhibited}. [Narrower terms: {pent-up, repressed ; {stifled, strangled, suppressed ] Also See: {reserved}, {restrained}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Having a hesitancy or reluctance to exhibit normal emotional reactions; -- of people; as, he was too inhibited to make friends easily. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pent-up — /pent up /, adj. confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed: pent up emotions; pent up rage. [1705 15; adj. use of v. phrase pent up] Syn. repressed, suppressed, bottled up. * * * …   Universalium

  • pent-up — [adj] held within bottled up, bridled, checked, constrained, curbed, held back, held in check, inhibited, repressed, restrained, restricted, smothered, stifled, suppressed; concepts 401,403 Ant. public, released …   New thesaurus

  • pent-up — adjective characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions her severe upbringing had left her inhibited a very inhibited young man, anxious and ill at ease their reactions were partly the product of pent up emotions repressed… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pent-up — adjective pent up anger will eventually explode Syn: repressed, suppressed, stifled, smothered, restrained, confined, bottled up, held in/back, unvented, kept in check, curbed, bridled …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pent-up — adjective a) not expressed He punched his pillow and screamed at the top of his lungs about all the pent up frustrations from the day. b) repressed or suppressed, especially of emotions or impulses …   Wiktionary

  • pent-up — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. held in, suppressed, repressed. See restraint. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. held in check, repressed, restrained; see restrained , restricted . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. confined, restrained …   English dictionary for students

  • pent-up — adj bottled up, corked up, shut up or in, closed up or in, confined; held in, sealed off, kept inside or within or secret, hidden; held back, restrained, constrained, checked, curbed, bridled, repressed, suppressed …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • repressed — adjective 1) a repressed country Syn: oppressed, subjugated, subdued, tyrannized Ant: democratic, free 2) repressed feelings Syn: restrained, suppressed, held b …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • repressed — adjective characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions (Freq. 1) her severe upbringing had left her inhibited a very inhibited young man, anxious and ill at ease their reactions were partly the product of pent up emotions… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pent — adjective Etymology: probably from past participle of obsolete English pend to confine Date: 1550 shut up ; confined, repressed < a pent crowd > < pent up feelings > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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