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Definition of downtrodden

: suffering oppression

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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 Women in former eras were downtrodden and frequently assented to it. The Economist, "Love in the time of the Black Death," 29 Aug. 2019 Paying respect to her became a fraught form of uncertainty insurance for merchants, farmers, gamblers, and for the truly downtrodden, like the enslaved. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Welcome to the future (of Fortune, that is)," 15 Jan. 2020 True to form, on Tuesday morning, the team was expected to do something predictable: Hire Matt Rhule, the former Giants assistant coach who has become a rising star after rebuilding downtrodden college football programs at Temple and Baylor. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Giants Agree to Hire Joe Judge as Head Coach," 7 Jan. 2020 That’s just been my path, taking downtrodden programs, forgotten programs, left-behind programs and turning them around. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "High school football: Gunn out to prove Palo Alto not one-team town," 18 Sep. 2019 With three days before Christmas, a man begrudgingly takes on the task of delivering toys from Santa and manages to spread cheer among downtrodden people. Chris Foran,, "Christmas TV guide 2019: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'Grinch'," 25 Nov. 2019 But in that moment, as Green barked at him about another questionable shot, Poole looked a bit downtrodden. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors work to help Jordan Poole snap out of shooting slump," 18 Nov. 2019 Without question, each team’s downtrodden fan base will be taking notice. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Jets and Giants Vie for Best New York Team Not Named the Bills," 8 Nov. 2019 As the only surviving and unloved child of her downtrodden mother’s many pregnancies, Luckadoo delivers a very sympathetic character. Patti Restivo,, "Laurel Mill Playhouse’s bewitching tale of hysteria in ‘Afflicted: Daughters of Salem’," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of downtrodden

1597, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Downtrodden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of downtrodden

somewhat formal : without hope because of being treated badly by powerful people, governments, etc.

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