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Synonyms of reaction formation

Noun


1. reaction formation, defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence

usage: (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them; "his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"

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