down·​trod·​den ˈdau̇n-ˈträ-dᵊn How to pronounce downtrodden (audio)
: 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 Movies Our critics pick their highlights and lowlights from the Cannes Film Festival May 24, 2023 Ceylan’s films enrapture on the big screen, where the vastness of Anatolia’s barren, majestic exteriors dwarf his downtrodden characters’ personal dramas. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 In Grill Point, there’s a recurring joke where downtrodden protagonist Uwe (Axel Prahl) keeps stumbling across a group of buskers, who appear to multiply with each encounter. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 And what better way could Mayfield cap a career resurrection than a big game against the league’s most downtrodden team than putting up big numbers and leaving little doubt as to who the Kings of the South – not saying much, exactly, in 2023 – are. USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Gradually, our beautiful community became so downtrodden it was dubbed the Pork ‘n Beans Project. Bea. L. Hines, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 His reputation as an undersized power forward who dominated the post gave a downtrodden generation an idol on which to latch; Milojevic embodied the underdog grit and tenacity Serbians saw in themselves. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 At the beginning of a new century, Belichick’s unforeseen revival of a downtrodden sports franchise breathed new energy into an old domain. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 There has always been the possibility in moving-picture narratives that our feeling ignored, downtrodden, and unknown in life can be relieved by gaudy monsters who trash the self-important world. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023 With its bleak, towering walls and acres of beige stucco, the place looks more akin to a gritty apartment building in a downtrodden part of a major city than an $8.6 million home in one of L.A.’s most desirable beach communities. James McClain, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downtrodden was in 1597

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“Downtrodden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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down·​trod·​den ˈdau̇n-ˈträd-ᵊn How to pronounce downtrodden (audio)
: crushed by superior power

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