(psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
They were at opposite ends of the sprawling attic, but they shared a bathroom. They could ignore each other all day long— and did, once breakfast was done with— but when the sun went down, they each had to strip naked and get wet within ten feet of the other.
At least he was making rapid progress on the kitchen job. Sublimation could be productive.
Knox, Ruthie; O’Keefe, Molly; Sloane, Stefanie (2012-11-05). Naughty & Nice 3-Story Bundle (Room at the Inn, All I Want for Christmas Is You, and One Perfect Christmas) (Kindle Locations 346-348). . Kindle Edition.
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