Definition of oppress
- The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator.
- oppressed minorities
- oppressed by a sense of failure
- oppress by intolerable guilt
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
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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