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downtrodden

[doun-trod-n] /ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n/
adjective
1.
tyrannized over; oppressed:
the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
2.
trampled upon.
Also, downtrod.
Origin of downtrodden
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; down1 + trodden
Related forms
downtroddenness, noun
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  • Well, Curly, how are you enjoying yourself now in this hard and downtrod position that life has gave to you?

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • And she rippled on about the freedom of her soul and her downtrod sisters and this here New Dawn.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

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British Dictionary definitions for downtrod

downtrodden

/ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdən/
adjective
1.
subjugated; oppressed
2.
trodden down; trampled
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Word Origin and History for downtrod

downtrodden

adj.

1560s, "stepped on," from down (adv.) + trodden. Figurative use, "oppressed," is from 1590s.

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