Definition of oppression
- the continuing oppression of the … underclasses
- —H. A. Daniels
- unfair taxes and other oppressions
- an oppression of spirits
suffered a lingering oppression in the weeks after his dog died
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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