Definition of oppression
1a : unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power the continuing oppression of the … underclasses — H. A. Danielsb : 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
suffered a lingering oppression in the weeks after his dog died
Recent Examples of oppression from the Web
To a live bass-and-keyboards soundtrack of original jazz compositions and traditional children's street rhymes, the dancers evoke both the freedoms and the oppressions of youth.
Finally, attendees gained a deeper commitment to caring and taking action against all forms of oppression and learned new skills to interrupt forms of bias and discrimination.
In her masterly chronicle of American mass incarceration, The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander argues convincingly that our current era is defined by its continuity with previous eras of white supremacy and black oppression.
Over 20 authors and writers have created tales and characters that speak to American hardship, oppression, and heartbreak.
Senior administration officials said the impetus for the changes was born from a campaign promise and the concern that the Obama-era policies were contributing to the oppression on the island.
This year’s 13 episodes unfolds over a three-day period and tackles relevant themes of resistance, rising up against oppression and the power of using an individual’s voice to make change and overcome human injustices.
He also was charged with oppression under the color of office.
The first is a forceful call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression.
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First Known Use of oppression
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Definition of oppression for Students
: cruel or unjust use of power or authority
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
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