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
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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