oppression

noun op·pres·sion \ ə-ˈpre-shən \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of oppression

1 a : unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
  • the continuing oppression of the … underclasses
  • —H. A. Daniels
b : something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power
  • unfair taxes and other oppressions
2 : a sense of being weighed down in body or mind : depression
  • an oppression of spirits

Examples of oppression in a Sentence

  1. suffered a lingering oppression in the weeks after his dog died

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Origin and Etymology of oppression

Middle English oppressioun, borrowed from Anglo-French oppression, borrowed from Latin oppressiōn-, oppressiō "action of pressing on or overpowering," from oppres- or *oppret-, variant stem of opprimere "to press on, stifle, overpower" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at oppress

OPPRESSION Defined for Kids

oppression

noun op·pres·sion \ ə-ˈpre-shən \

Definition of oppression for Students

: cruel or unjust use of power or authority

Law Dictionary

oppression

noun op·pres·sion \ ə-ˈpre-shən \

legal Definition of oppression

: an unjust or excessive exercise of power: as
a : unlawful, wrongful, or corrupt exercise of authority by a public official acting under color of authority that causes a person harm
b : dishonest, unfair, wrongful, or burdensome conduct by corporate directors or majority shareholders that entitles minority shareholders to compel involuntary dissolution of the corporation
c : inequality of bargaining power resulting in one party's lack of ability to negotiate or exercise meaningful choice — see also unconscionability

oppressive

play \ə-ˈpre-siv\ adjective


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