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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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  • In the first place, she was a poor, downtrodden woman; in the second, she was their broker.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He was an arrant coward like the most of his downtrodden race.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • From ind to ind of the land, the downtrodden serfs of Ireland are rising in their millions.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • The German Yorick was the champion of the oppressed and downtrodden.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • He was badly dressed, and bore a sad, depressed, downtrodden aspect.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for downtrodden

downtrodden

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

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

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