oppress

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verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

Definition of oppress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to burden spiritually or mentally :  weigh heavily upon oppressed by a sense of failure oppress by intolerable guilt

oppressor

play \ə-ˈpre-sər\ noun

Examples of oppress in a Sentence

  1. The country has long been oppressed by a ruthless dictator.

  2. They condemned attempts by the government to oppress its citizens.

  3. people who have traditionally been oppressed by society

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Origin and Etymology of oppress

Middle English, from Anglo-French oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press — more at ob-, press

Synonym Discussion of oppress

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves. a penal system that had wronged him oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform. a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering. a child persecuted by constant criticism aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights. a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups


OPPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

oppress

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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

oppress

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verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

Definition of oppress for Students

oppressed

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oppressing

  1. 1 :  to control or rule in a harsh or cruel way The cruel ruler oppressed his people.

  2. 2 :  to cause to feel burdened in spirit Grief oppressed the survivors.

oppressor

\-ˈpre-sər\ noun


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