verb (used with object)
Origin of oppress
Examples from the Web for unoppressed
What is it to me that my people are contented, rich, and unoppressed?Kophetua the Thirteenth|Julian Corbett
Doomed men rise and go about their daily duties as unoppressed, often, as those whose paths know no shadow.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2)|William H. Herndon
German beer is protected by law, and unoppressed by taxation.Greifenstein|F. Marion Crawford
All these women looked to be unoppressed, fullblown, freely developed.Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth|George Brandes
British Dictionary definitions for unoppressed
Word Origin for oppress
Word Origin and History for unoppressed
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.