What does oppression mean?

Definitions for oppressionəˈprɛʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppression, subjugation(noun)

    the act of subjugating by cruelty

    "the tyrant's oppression of the people"

  2. oppression(noun)

    the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"

  3. oppression, oppressiveness(noun)

    a feeling of being oppressed


  1. oppression(Noun)

    The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.

  2. oppression(Noun)

    The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.

    The oppression of the poor by the aristocracy was one cause of the French Revolution.

  3. oppression(Noun)

    A feeling of being oppressed.

    Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.

  4. Origin: From oppression, from oppression, from oppressio, from opprimere, past participle oppressus; see oppress.


  1. Oppression

    Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It can also be defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppression in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. De Beauvoir:

    All oppression creates a state of war; this is no exception.

  2. Hesham Modamani:

    I saw oppression inside Syria, but I also saw oppression against Syrians outside of Syria.

  3. H.L. Mencken:

    The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

  4. Corazon Aquino:

    It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.

  5. Arturo Bueno:

    The new generation did not suffer what we did, they did not see what we did, they don't know how the Castros are.... It's an oppression, and the new generations don't know that and they don't know the Cuba I know, and for them it's different and for them it's an advancement, but it doesn't compare what we saw.

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