Definitions for oppressəˈprɛs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppress, suppress, crush(verb)

    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

    "The government oppresses political activists"

  2. persecute, oppress(verb)

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"


  1. oppress(Verb)

    Physically to press down on (someone) with harmful effects; to smother, crush.

  2. oppress(Verb)

    To keep down by force

    The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.

  3. oppress(Verb)

    To make sad or gloomy

    We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.

  4. Origin: From oppressen, from oppresser, from oppressare, frequentive of opprimere, past participle oppressus, from ob + premere, past participle pressus; see press.

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