Irrepressible vs Repressive - What's the difference?

irrepressible | repressive |


As adjectives the difference between irrepressible and repressive

is that irrepressible is irrepressible while repressive is .

irrepressible

English

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • Not containable or controllable.
  • * 1858 , , Nicholas Nickleby , ch. 15:
  • "...here the two friends burst into a variety of giggles, and glanced from time to time, over the tops of their pocket-handkerchiefs, at Nicholas, who from a state of unmixed astonishment, gradually fell into one of irrepressible laughter...
  • (of a person) Especially high-spirited, outspoken, or insistent.
  • * 1875 , , The Law and the Lady , ch. 3:
  • The irrepressible landlady gave the freest expression to her feelings.
  • * 1900 , , Lord Jim , ch. 19:
  • Schomberg, . . . an irrepressible retailer of all the scandalous gossip of the place, would, with both elbows on the table, impart an adorned version of the story to any guest.
  • * 1901 , , The Octopus , Book II, Conclusion:
  • "The irrepressible Yank is knocking at the doors of their temples and he will want to sell 'em carpet-sweepers for their harems."
  • * 1963 July 12, " People," Time :
  • It was Paris' irrepressible High Fashion Doyenne Gabrielle ("Coco") Chanel, 80, so-soing this and high-hatting that, while Women's Wear Daily took notes.
  • * 2012 July 24, , " Sherman Hemsley, ‘Jeffersons’ Star, Is Dead at 74," New York Times (retrieved 16 June 2013):
  • High-strung and irrepressible , George Jefferson quickly became one of America’s most popular television characters, a high-energy, combative black man who backed down to no one.

    repressive

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive
  • * 1846 Allan Freer - The North British Review
  • Human law is indeed repressive', but ' repressive on moral principles comprehensively applied to the whole community, and commanding the approval of the moral sense of the governed
  • * 1989 Louis Henkin - Right V. Might
  • First, the classical rule forbids any unilateral right to use force to overthrow a regime on the sole grounds that it is repressive in character.