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
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Maybe 30 or 40 years ago there were actually more fishermen or farmers in Hong Kong. Now society has changed so much but they still retain this system, this framework to oppress the views of the people.
The world community with leadership by the Obama administration has thrown human rights under the Persian rug -- literally. Democracy promotion has been sacrificed for the sake of talking endlessly to those who oppress Iranians terribly.
Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
The expansion of regularly scheduled flights to Cuba is an obvious attempt to circumvent the tourism ban, similarly, allowing cruises to dock in Cuba would violate both the spirit and the letter of U.S. law. Increased travel to Cuba directly funds the individuals and institutions that oppress the Cuban people.
In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
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- subpremi, kontraŭpremiEsperanto
- ahdistaa, sortaa, alistaaFinnish
- oppresser, opprimerFrench
- elnyom, nyomorgat, lesújt, lever, lehangol, sanyargatHungarian
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