down·​trod·​den | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈträ-dᵊn How to pronounce downtrodden (audio) \

Definition of downtrodden

: suffering oppression

Examples of downtrodden in a Sentence

They were poor and downtrodden. a war that was supposed to liberate the downtrodden citizens of that nation
Recent Examples on the Web Zoom also managed to give a forecast that was ahead of Wall Street’s estimates for the first time in more than a year—helping the downtrodden stock pick up gains Tuesday morning despite a sharp selloff across the rest of the tech sector. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 24 May 2022 One of the sequels features a resort town called Canto Bight, whose patrician guests are scoffed at by the downtrodden protagonists. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The press reported that a downtrodden Becker had, for the first time, acted his age. Angela Gaudioso, SPIN, 22 May 2022 Radicalism appeals less to the absolutely downtrodden, in this view, than among those whose status and expectations outstrip their access to power. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 29 Apr. 2022 This new spate of downtrodden economic forecasts from economists comes after weeks of recession predictions from a growing chorus of billionaire investors including Carl Icahn, Jeff Gundlach, and Leon Cooperman. Will Daniel, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 The disparity between the wealthiest countries in the world and the most downtrodden ones is too great, and the general flow of international trade widens that gap further as the years go by. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 Directed by Golden Globe winner Jane Campion, the drama follows a macho rancher, Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), and his downtrodden brother George (Jesse Plemons) in 1920s Montana. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Feb. 2022 Under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, van de Beek’s fortunes have seemingly remained somewhat downtrodden. Liam Canning, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downtrodden

1597, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2022

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“Downtrodden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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