the oppressed


: people who are treated in a cruel or unfair way
freedom for the oppressed

Examples of the oppressed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the oppressed, violence can feel like the only way out of a life that is otherwise encased by walls, like the only means of survival. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 In the final words of his memoir of the Revolution, Dessalines’s secretary Adjutant-General Louis-Félix Boisrond-Tonnerre explained the lesson Haitians, and all the oppressed, should draw from Dessalines’s life. Marlene L. Daut, Essence, 17 Oct. 2023 Harvard’s version of DEI — the institutionalization of diversity, equality and inclusion — embraces the false Marxian insistence that all human experience, present and past, can be understood as interactions between the oppressed and those who oppress them. Rene J. Muller, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024 The defendants deny the accusations, presenting themselves as crusaders using their 1st Amendment rights to stand up for the oppressed. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 Sen regularly takes up against issues that bother her and is an outspoken voice for the oppressed in India against political regimes, no matter what their hue. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 More than previous pontiffs, though, the first Latin American pope has also championed human rights, seeing the downtrodden, the underdogs and the oppressed as his primary cause. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 More importantly, Girard provides a structure in which conservatives—not a group usually known for their sympathy for the oppressed—can construe themselves as victims. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Music is supposed to be the voice of the oppressed—the actual oppressed. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 16 Sep. 2023

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“The oppressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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