verb (used with object)
Origin of oppress
Examples from the Web for oppress
Instead, it was proof the government is out to oppress them.
Few will be heartened by the fact that the debt will oppress race-neutrally.Did Needs-Blind Admission Create the College Debt Crisis?|John McWhorter|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, as Sotomayor wrote, “democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups.”Affirmative Action Isn’t Oppressive, but the Roberts Court Wants to End It Anyway|Mike Sacks|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can only oppress a community for so long before they will fight with toothpicks against machine guns.
Hamas claims to be fighting for freedom while invoking laws that oppress women and religious minorities.
He opposed too much public ownership, declaring that the government was as likely as any private employer to oppress labor.History of the United States|Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
They might oppress and distress you, but your faith would protect you wherever you might go.A Journey in Other Worlds|John Jacob Astor
A vague agitation seemed to oppress the child; for she sighed deeply, and often repeated with fervor the Ave Maria.Agnes of Sorrento|Harriet Beecher Stowe
We only want a chance to cast off the chains of despotism which now oppress us.The Land of Thor|J. Ross Browne
Laws against usury do not help such men; on the contrary they oppress them.A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings|Noah Webster
British Dictionary definitions for oppress
Word Origin for oppress
Word Origin and History for oppress
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.