down·​trod·​den | \ˈdau̇n-ˈträ-dᵊn \

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

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Fifteen months on the job, Hopkins reflects on resurrecting a downtrodden UW basketball program. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "What does Mike Hopkins and the UW Huskies have in store for an encore?," 24 July 2018 But this Rust Belt city — with the help of developers and state tax dollars — is in the midst of revitalization, with its once-downtrodden downtown now a Neighborhood Improvement Zone that won an international award for land use., "In Allentown, a mayor's federal corruption trial casts pall over revitalizing city," 15 Jan. 2018 Construction crews are busy at work on the waterfront in this downtrodden city, where $1.6 billion in corporate tax breaks and the advocacy of one of New Jersey’s most formidable power brokers have fueled a development boom. Kate King, WSJ, "The Power Broker Behind Camden, N.J.’s Upswing," 9 July 2018 Sanders helped the long downtrodden Falcons to the playoffs in 1991 playing alongside corner Tim McKyer and safety Brian Jordan. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "As Seahawks' Legion of Boom disbands, is it time to anoint it NFL's greatest secondary?," 3 July 2018 Restorers moved into downtrodden neighborhoods and resurrected the Victorians. Steve Carney,, "Architecture Spotlight: Victorian is a stately, though needy, grande dame," 16 June 2018 In the church’s early days, Jones was considered an advocate for the downtrodden and marginalized, drawing praise from a host of politicians. Johnny Dodd,, "Mock Suicide Drills, Child Labor and Armed Guards: Inside Jonestown in the Days Before Mass Poisoning," 11 June 2018 The premise: Dax (Howery), is a downtrodden Foot Locker employee trying to make a buck. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 June 2018 The causes of Brexit, meanwhile, continue to preoccupy the people who voted for it in downtrodden towns and cities across Britain. Rodney Jefferson,, "The City That Defined Brexit Has Given Up," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of downtrodden

1595, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downtrodden

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

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