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{n: defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence} (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

{n: displacement} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

{n: immune response, immune reaction, immunologic response} a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen

{n: reaction formation} (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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