downtrodden

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

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 For that matter, the PGA Tour also said the Tour Championship will remain at East Lake, citing the tens of millions of dollars in economic development that the tournament has spurred in the once-downtrodden neighborhood surrounding the club. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Augusta National plays through debate over Ga voting law," 7 Apr. 2021 The fresh-as-can-be Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection Monday night in an 86-70 runaway that brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas. Eddie Pells, San Francisco Chronicle, "NCAA men's championship: Baylor overwhelms previously unbeaten Gonzaga," 5 Apr. 2021 The fresh-as-can-be Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection Monday night in an 86-70 runaway that brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas. Eddie Pells, courant.com, "Baylor ends Gonzaga’s quest for perfect season with NCAA championship game rout," 5 Apr. 2021 Howard Schnellenberger, who built the offense for the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ unbeaten Super Bowl champions, then revived downtrodden football programs as head coach at the Universities of Miami and Louisville, died on Saturday. New York Times, "Howard Schnellenberger, College Coach Who Built Winners, Dies at 87," 27 Mar. 2021 As the bail hearing dragged on, some of the political groups that the accused were involved with were disbanded, further weakening a fragmented and downtrodden opposition movement. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "China’s Crackdown on Hong Kong Tested in Trial of Pro-Democracy Politicians," 4 Mar. 2021 Gonzalez is a counselor at Milby High School and founded Wellness on Wheels, an organization that uses bike-riding as a form of therapy for downtrodden kids. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Houston cyclists paint bike lanes where the city won't," 15 Mar. 2021 Traders are rushing to send millions of barrels of diesel across the Atlantic to the U.S., a potential boon for Europe’s downtrodden refining industry. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "How Texas’ big freeze affects the global oil market," 18 Feb. 2021 His downtrodden reminders of hard times before the pandemic hit even harder during it. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "4 new Minnesota albums to consider for Bandcamp Friday," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of downtrodden

1597, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Downtrodden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downtrodden. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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downtrodden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of downtrodden

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

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