verb \ə-ˈpres\

: 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

Full Definition of OPPRESS

transitive verb
a archaic :  suppress
b :  to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
:  to burden spiritually or mentally :  weigh heavily upon
op·pres·sor \-ˈpre-sər\ noun

Examples of OPPRESS

  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


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