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/ əˈprɛs /
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verb (used with object)
to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism.
to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.): Care and sorrow oppressed them.
to weigh down, as sleep or weariness does.
Archaic. to put down; subdue or suppress.
Archaic. to press upon or against; crush.
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Origin of oppress
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English oppressen, from Middle French oppresser, from Medieval Latin oppressāre, derivative of Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere “to squeeze, suffocate,” equivalent to op- “to, toward, against” + -primere (combining form of premere ) “to press”; see origin at op-, press1
synonym study for oppress
1, 2. Oppress, depress, both having the literal meaning to press down upon, to cause to sink, are today mainly limited to figurative applications. To oppress is usually to subject (a people) to burdens, to undue exercise of authority, and the like; its chief application, therefore, is to a social or political situation: a tyrant oppressing his subjects. Depress suggests mainly the psychological effect, upon the individual, of unpleasant conditions, situations, etc., that sadden and discourage: depressed by the news. When oppress is sometimes used in this sense, it suggests a psychological attitude of more complete hopelessness: oppressed by a sense of failure.
OTHER WORDS FROM oppress
op·press·i·ble, adjectiveop·pres·sor, nounpre·op·press, verb (used with object)re·op·press, verb (used with object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oppressoppress , repress
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How to use oppress in a sentence
But Russia kept getting bigger, mostly by killing, oppressing, and annoying Russians.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself|P. J. O’Rourke|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What matters for them is less the oppression itself than the nature of the entity doing the oppressing.Why Not Criticize Hamas's Rights Violations?|Peter Beinart|March 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The acts to prevent the landholder from oppressing the occupier, and those for the encouragement of tillage, failed.Landholding In England|Joseph Fisher
All the mystery surrounding him, oppressing him—everything weird was sent flying instantaneously.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
The knight would be only a hardhearted warrior, oppressing the poor and miserable, and only interesting from his deeds of valor.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord
Hitherto, every form of society has been based on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.Communism and Christianism|William Montgomery Brown
After a terrible internal combat the man yields to this unknown will which is oppressing him.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
British Dictionary definitions for oppress
/ (əˈprɛs) /
to subjugate by cruelty, force, etc
to afflict or torment
to lie heavy on (the mind, imagination, etc)
an obsolete word for overwhelm
Derived forms of oppressoppressingly, adverboppressor, noun
Word Origin for oppress
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin oppressāre, from Latin opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press
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