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
Examples of oppress in a sentence
The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator.
They condemned attempts by the government to oppress its citizens.
people who have traditionally been oppressed by society
Synonym Discussion of oppress
OPPRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of oppress for Students
1 : to control or rule in a harsh or cruel way <The cruel ruler oppressed his people.>
2 : to cause to feel burdened in spirit <Grief oppressed the survivors.>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up oppress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).