- tyrannized over; oppressed: the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
- trampled upon.
Origin of downtrodden
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Examples from the Web for downtrodden
But it was good news to the poor, the diseased, the downtrodden and scorned, and all the “little” people.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
The Boulevard Carnot, the seedy, downtrodden street that leads out of town, proved the point on my last night there.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
But Alig is far from the unshaven and downtrodden man profiled in New York Magazine in 2007.
Responding to all them—especially the ones from “downtrodden” teens in the middle of the country—made him feel good.
He sympathized with the Irish downtrodden, African slaves, and American colonists of the late 1700s.We Are Radicals at Heart: A New History Gets America Wrong
Harvey J. Kaye
December 5, 2013
In the first place, she was a poor, downtrodden woman; in the second, she was their broker.In a Little Town
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
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
- subjugated; oppressed
- trodden down; trampled
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Word Origin and History for downtrodden
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