the downtrodden


: people who are without hope because of being treated badly by powerful people, governments, etc.
He showed compassion for the downtrodden.

Examples of the downtrodden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another line of defense is that the SAT is the best friend of the downtrodden. Evan Mandery, TIME, 18 Apr. 2024 John stood up for the downtrodden, as cliché as that might sound. Gary Graff, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2024 The fact is that Byron had spoken up for the downtrodden. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Boosting growth-strangling spending doesn’t help the downtrodden. Douglas Carr, National Review, 7 Feb. 2024 Main Beach and that cute, twinkly, art-gallery-laden downtown were dotted with the downtrodden as well. Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, 28 Jan. 2024 But López Obrador defines himself as an insurgent politician, fighting for the rights of the indigenous and the downtrodden. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 27 Sep. 2018 Earlier this month, they were booed off the floor at home following a double-digit loss to the downtrodden Detroit Pistons, who came in with the worst record in the NBA at 6-43. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 Her performance as the downtrodden Celie in The Color Purple, the newest rendition of Alice Walker’s beloved novel, is changing that. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024

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“The downtrodden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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