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

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Yet, to my especial surprise, many of these downtrodden damsels weren’t crusading millennial activists fresh from campus indoctrination camps but women in their sixties from my own generation. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 The latest run of good form has the club gathering a bit of momentum, and has given hope to a downtrodden fan base where previously there was none. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Wins are fixing the Rapids’ serious attendance problem in Commerce City," 7 June 2019 On the surface, Marthas are a downtrodden lot — not powerful enough to be Wives or Lydias, not fertile or young enough to be Econowives. Sabrina Rojas Weiss,, "What You Need To Remember About The Marthas For Handmaid's Tale Season 3," 5 June 2019 The companies were promising to move to downtrodden Camden as part of a renaissance pushed by George Norcross, a Democrat whose insurance brokerage was among the tax break recipients. Nancy Solomon, ProPublica, "Emails Show How Much Pull Political Bosses Had Over State Tax Breaks," 21 May 2019 Some forces, like conflict and disease, keep people downtrodden. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "‘The Moment of Lift’ Review: One Target for Smart Giving," 21 Apr. 2019 Emanuel’s challengers in his campaign for re-election have blamed him for an understaffed police force and a lack of investment in Chicago’s economically downtrodden neighborhoods. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Chicago shootings put spotlight on Illinois gun laws," 9 Aug. 2018 The demonstration was what the international newspapers reported about Russia the day before, and their stories confirmed and reinforced the larger story about a downtrodden people in a totalitarian state. Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times, "A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia," 14 Feb. 2018 Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is known for revitalizing the once downtrodden city. Aubrey Nagle,, "Philly celebrates MLK Day, DACA deal up in the air, Eagles face Vikings Sunday | Morning Newsletter," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of downtrodden

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downtrodden was in 1597

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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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