downtrodden

[ doun-trod-n ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n /

adjective

tyrannized over; oppressed: the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
trampled upon.

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Also downtrod .

Origin of downtrodden

First recorded in 1560–70; down1 + trodden

OTHER WORDS FROM downtrodden

down·trod·den·ness, noun
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downtrodden

downtrod

/ (ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdən) /

adjective

subjugated; oppressed
trodden down; trampled
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