Does the United States still stand as a beacon of hope to the oppressed around the world?
Like all oppressed minorities, I had to work harder than the other kids to achieve the things I wanted.
As a freedom fighter, Mandela was an adversary of those who steadfastly supported the Apartheid government that oppressed him.
So much of the fear the media tries to stoke in me is fear of the oppressed underdog lashing out.
And they have more in common with the oligarchs of Capital City than the oppressed miners working in District Twelve.
What, then, is America's duty to the oppressed race or the small nation?
At last we met, and he told me that he was oppressed by scruples of conscience.
His first step was to recall Regingar of Lothringia, who was oppressed by France, to his allegiance as vassal of the empire.
Nature, in the moaning storm, seemed in sympathy with the sadness which must have oppressed all hearts.
Henceforth he finds himself transformed into the defender of the oppressed.
mid-14c., from Old French opresser "oppress, afflict; torment, smother" (13c.), from Medieval Latin oppressare, frequentative of Latin opprimere "press against, press together, press down;" figuratively "crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly" (in Late Latin "to rape"), from ob "against" (see ob-) + premere "to press, push" (see press (v.1)).
It is the due [external] restraint and not the moderation of rulers that constitutes a state of liberty; as the power to oppress, though never exercised, does a state of slavery. [St. George Tucker, "View of the Constitution of the United States," 1803]Related: Oppressed; oppressing.