Definition of oppress
1a archaic : suppressb : to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator. oppressed minorities
2 : to burden spiritually or mentally : weigh heavily upon oppressed by a sense of failure oppress by intolerable guilt
oppressorplay \ə-ˈpre-sər\ noun
Examples of oppress in a Sentence
The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator.
They condemned attempts by the government to oppress its citizens.
people who have traditionally been oppressed by society
Recent Examples of oppress from the Web
Mr. Trump is right in saying that the Castro regime – headed by Fidel’s brother, Raúl, since 2008 – continues to oppress the Cuban people.
The Cuban people are being oppressed by their government.
A whole month for queer people to celebrate their continued survival in a world that oppresses, belittles and too often actively brutalizes them.
At times, black people, like any group battered and oppressed by the state, may celebrate any perception of forward motion.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan also said in the note obtained by The Associated Press through a records request that he was upset by fellow Muslims being oppressed in Myanmar.
Though the Islamic Defenders Front is mostly known for its moral crusades, the group has also developed deep ties to low-income communities in Jakarta that feel ignored or oppressed by the government.
Their opposition is Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and Lord Darth Varda (David Prowse), who scheme to oppress the galaxy.
Malcolm X would later travel the world speaking out on white supremacy and an American system that (by design) set out to oppress African Americans.
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Synonym Discussion of oppress
OPPRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oppress for English Language Learners
: to treat (a person or group of people) in a cruel or unfair way
: to make (someone) feel sad or worried for a long period of time
OPPRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of oppress for Students
1 : to control or rule in a harsh or cruel way The cruel ruler oppressed his people.
2 : to cause to feel burdened in spirit Grief oppressed the survivors.
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