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
Unfortunately, in our society, power means the ability to dominate and oppress.
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.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
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.
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- subpremi, kontraŭpremiEsperanto
- ahdistaa, sortaa, alistaaFinnish
- oppresser, opprimerFrench
- elnyom, nyomorgat, lesújt, lever, lehangol, sanyargatHungarian
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