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
And no one understands that better than our stellar staff, many who have come to the United States fleeing the oppression of despotic governments.
On Friday, June 9, the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival begins at Lincoln Center and IFC Center, offering worthy documentaries about struggle and oppression.
Like an earlier generation of black icons from Bill Russell to Muhammad Ali, James refuses to separate his athletic achievements from America's long history of racial oppression and contemporary struggles for social justice.
Her dress of white gloves communicated the inward oppression of middle class black women understandably desperate for respect.
Comic books have long famously told stories of oppression—
Israeli proponents of partition used to speak the language of peace: the Palestinians deserve their own state, and their oppression is a bad thing.
Israeli proponents of partition used to speak the language of peace: the Palestinians deserve their own state, and their oppression under the current arrangement, even if inevitable on security grounds, is a bad thing.
In its wake, and intensifying by the day, the Internet is turning out not to be a global village but rather a global means 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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