oppress, suppress, crush(verb)
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
"The government oppresses political activists"
cause to suffer
"Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
Physically to press down on (someone) with harmful effects; to smother, crush.
To keep down by force
The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.
To make sad or gloomy
We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.
Origin: From oppressen, from oppresser, from oppressare, frequentive of opprimere, past participle oppressus, from ob + premere, past participle pressus; see press.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
o-pres′, v.t. to press against or upon: to use severely: to burden: to lie heavy upon: to constrain: to overpower: to treat unjustly: to load with heavy burdens.—n. Oppress′ion, act of oppressing or treating unjustly or harshly: severity: cruelty: state of being oppressed: misery: hardship: injustice: dullness of spirits: (Shak.) pressure.—adj. Oppress′ive, tending to oppress: overburdensome: treating with severity or injustice: heavy: overpowering: difficult to bear.—adv. Oppress′ively.—ns. Oppress′iveness; Oppress′or, one who oppresses. [Fr.,—L. opprimĕre, oppressum—ob, against, premĕre, to press.]
The numerical value of oppress in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of oppress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- subpremi, kontraŭpremiEsperanto
- ahdistaa, sortaa, alistaaFinnish
- oppresser, opprimerFrench
- elnyom, nyomorgat, lesújt, lever, lehangol, sanyargatHungarian
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