The term suppression may refer to:

  • Oppression, the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner, also an act or instance of oppressing
  • Censorship, the suppression of public communication considered objectionable to the general body of people as determined by a government or media outlet
  • Voter suppression, a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their right to vote
  • Cultural suppression, occurs when a culture is suppressed, usually coinciding with the promotion of another culture, often related to cultural imperialism
  • Religious intolerance, intolerance against another's religious beliefs or practices by individuals, private groups, government agencies or the whole government
  • Suppression of dissent, occurs when an individual or group tries to censor, persecute or otherwise oppress the other party rather than communicate logically
  • Thought suppression, the process of deliberately trying to stop thinking about certain thoughts, associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder


  • Suppressor, a device attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and flash generated by firing the weapon
  • Suppressive fire, weapons fire that degrades the performance of a target below the level needed to fulfill its mission

Math, science, and technology:

  • Compton suppression, in nuclear physics
  • Free energy suppression and other suppressed technology
  • Silence suppression, in telephony
  • Suppression subtractive hybridization, in biochemistry
  • Transient voltage suppression diode
  • Electromagnetic interference suppression, e.g., of electrical noise from switches and motors
  • Zero suppression, in math and information theory

Health and medicine:

  • Appetite suppression
  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Cough medicine, which may contain a cough suppressant, a medicinal drug used in an attempt to treat coughing
  • Suppression (eye)
  • Flash suppression
  • Reflux suppressant, in medicine


  • Suppression, the forced closure of a parish or association in Canon law (Catholic Church)
  • Suppressive Person and the book, The Cause of Suppression, about the Church of Scientology concept


  • Fire fighting, involves the suppression of fire
  • Fire suppression system
  • Suppressed correlative, a logical fallacy
  • Tohunga Suppression Act 1907
  • Suppression of Communism Act
  • Wikipedia:Oversight

Other articles related to "suppression":

Challenges of Both Strip-till and No-till Systems
... In reduced tillage strategies, weed suppression can be difficult ... In place of cultivation, a farmer can rely on cover crop suppression, mowing, crimping, or herbicide application ... Additionally, finding an appropriate cover crop mix for adequate weed suppression may be difficult ...
Symphony In C (Bizet) - History - Suppression
... Antoine de Choudens, founder of the Choudens Publishing House and Bizet's editor, had in his possession Bizet's youthful symphony ... If he never published it, this was because Bizet himself was opposed to the idea, having introduced into his work Don Procopio an excerpt from the symphony he thought suitable for this theatre piece ...
Lactation Suppression
... Lactation suppression refers to the act of suppressing lactation in postpartum women by chemical or other means ... available on the subject of lactation suppression for women who are not breastfeeding their babies ... nothing new or helpful to assist with the mammary involution or milk suppression process or to treat the pain or discomfort of severely engorged breasts ...
Suppression List - Abuse
... A suppression list contains valid email addresses ... Suppression list abuse occurs when a third party takes a suppression list and emails messages to the email addresses in the list ... messages who provided the opt-out mechanism may be liable for suppression list abuse ...
Cretan Revolt (1866–1869) - Suppression
... More importantly, he designed an Organic Law which gave the Cretan Christians equal (in practice, because of their superior numbers, majority) control of local administration ... He thus gained the minimum of political cooperation needed to retain control of the island by early 1869 and almost all the rebel leaders had submitted to Ottoman rule though some, notably the pro-Russian Hadjimichaelis, remained in exile in Greece ...

Famous quotes containing the word suppression:

    Fashion required the suppression of all naturalness—’to walk upright, with unbending joints; to shake hands after the pump- handle formula; to look inexpressibly indifferent towards everybody and everything; and speak only in a mincing voice was to be a decorous member of society.’
    —For the State of Rhode Island, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    ... peace produced by suppression is neither natural nor desirable.
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964)

    A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit.... A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states.
    Václav Havel (b. 1936)