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oppress

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verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

Simple Definition of oppress

  • : to treat (a person or group of people) in a cruel or unfair way

  • : to make (someone) feel sad or worried for a long period of time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oppress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  suppress b :  to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority

  3. 2 :  to burden spiritually or mentally :  weigh heavily upon

oppressor play \-ˈpre-sər\ noun

Examples of oppress in a sentence

  1. The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator.

  2. They condemned attempts by the government to oppress its citizens.

  3. people who have traditionally been oppressed by society



Origin of oppress

Middle English, from Anglo-French oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press — more at ob-, press


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of oppress

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves <a penal system that had wronged him>. oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform <a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant>. persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering <a child persecuted by constant criticism>. aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights <a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups>.


OPPRESS Defined for Kids

oppress

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verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

Definition of oppress for Students

oppressedoppressing

  1. 1 :  to control or rule in a harsh or cruel way <The cruel ruler oppressed his people.>

  2. 2 :  to cause to feel burdened in spirit <Grief oppressed the survivors.>

oppressor \-ˈpre-sər\ noun




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