- the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
- an act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.
- the state of being oppressed.
- the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.
Origin of oppression
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Examples from the Web for oppression
Jundullah and Jaish ul Adl sprang up “in reaction to that kind of oppression,” he said.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
If anything, every new religion emerged at least in part as a protest against violence and oppression.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
But for many Muslim women, religion is seen as a source of liberation rather than a source of oppression.Twin visions of Islamic Feminism Split Muslim Community
September 21, 2014
Dovlatov was a merciless opponent of oppression, whose chief weapon was one dictatorships are rarely good at facing: humor.
Dovlatov hated Soviet oppression and battled repression subtly, by not condescending to notice it, and keeping things light.
His self-mastery is the gift of his creator, and oppression, only, can take it away.Cleveland Past and Present
The demon of oppression had hidden her head ashamed, and fled to her den!Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Some sense of oppression, of impending evil, hung over them both.The Film of Fear
The world was full of oppression, and envy, and drunkenness, and vain pleasures.The Shadow of a Crime
The fact that Godolphin was slain, it must be confessed, was not in itself the source of his oppression.The Sea-Hawk
- the act of subjugating by cruelty, force, etc or the state of being subjugated in this way
- the condition of being afflicted or tormented
- the condition of having something lying heavily on one's mind, imagination, etc
Word Origin and History for oppression
mid-14c., "cruel or unjust use of power or authority," from Old French opression (12c.), from Latin oppressionem (nominative oppressio) "a pressing down; violence, oppression," noun of action from past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Meaning "action of weighing on someone's mind or spirits" is from late 14c.