oppression

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noun op·pres·sion \ə-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of oppression

  1. 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. 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

14th Century

First Known Use of oppression

14th century


OPPRESSION Defined for Kids

oppression

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noun op·pres·sion \ə-ˈpre-shən\

Definition of oppression for Students

  1. :  cruel or unjust use of power or authority


Law Dictionary

oppression

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noun op·pres·sion \ə-ˈpre-shən\

Legal Definition of oppression

  1. :  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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