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əˈprɛsop·press

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppress, suppress, crushverb

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

    "The government oppresses political activists"

  2. persecute, oppressverb

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

Wiktionary

  1. oppressverb

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

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

  2. oppressverb

    To keep down by force

    The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.

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

  3. oppressverb

    To make sad or gloomy

    We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oppress

    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, oppressumob, against, premĕre, to press.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppress in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of oppress in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Wentz:

    He can’t just use that as a defense, he wasn’t court appointed to oppress her or abuse her or torment her.

  2. Jonar Nader:

    The majority-rule society has produced nothing more than heart-ache and intolerance. Throughout this majority-rule period it has been the members of the minority who have made an impact. It only takes one person to kill a hundred. It only takes one dictator to oppress millions. For better or for worse, it is the daring few who have shaped this so-called majority-rule society.

  3. Yagyu Munenori:

    When officials pursue personal interest and thus oppress the common people, this above all is the beginning of the end for a nation.

  4. Probarb:

    COVID-19 pandemic is just a drama and no such virus exists as Corona. It is history's biggest fooling propaganda done to harass and oppress common people.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Live not to oppress and suppress humanity; generally, it causes failure of living; conversely, live to serve humanity since such service reaches and approaches the majority of hearts and minds. Indeed, socially, it flowers the purpose of life and beautifies the character.

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