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
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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