noun \ə-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of OPPRESSION

a :  unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
b :  something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power
:  a sense of being weighed down in body or mind :  depression

Examples of OPPRESSION

  1. <suffered a lingering oppression in the weeks after his dog died>

First Known Use of OPPRESSION

14th century


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