In psychoanalysis, sublimation is a defense mechanism in which unacceptable unconscious impulses are channeled into consciously acceptable forms. For Freud this was society's main way of handling repression. It is certainly the most socially acceptable of the defense mechanisms.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Sublimation
- The act or process of subliming, or the state or result of being sublimed.
- The act of heightening or improving; exaltation; elevation; purification.
- That which is sublimed; the product of a purifying process.
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