- tyrannized over; oppressed: the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
- trampled upon.
Origin of downtrodden
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Examples from the Web for downtrod
- subjugated; oppressed
- trodden down; trampled
Word Origin and History for downtrod
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