Thesaurus

oppress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of oppress

  1. 1 to make sad this gloomy weather is oppressing all of us Synonyms of oppress bum (out), burden, dash, deject, get down, depress, sadden, weigh downWords Related to oppress ail, distress, trouble; afflict, torment, torture; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, get down, unnerve; agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, disturb, exercise, freak (out), perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worryNear Antonyms of oppress animate, enliven, invigorate; assure, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe; excite, inspire, stimulate; elate, exhilarate; encourage, hearten; delight, gratify, please; boost, elevate, lift, upliftAntonyms of oppress brighten, buoy, cheer (up), gladden, lighten, rejoice

  2. 2 to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress a film about a man who is haunted and oppressed by the secrets of his past Synonyms of oppress crush, devastate, floor, grind (down), overwhelm, overcome, overmaster, overpower, prostrate, snow under, swamp, whelmWords Related to oppress deluge, drown, sink; confute, defeat, refute; break, demoralize, distress, disturb, rock, shatter, stagger, throw, unman, unnerve, upset

Synonym Discussion of oppress

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves.
    • a penal system that had wronged him
oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform.
    • a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant
persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering.
    • a child persecuted by constant criticism
aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights.
    • a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups


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