What does oppression mean?

Definitions for oppression
əˈprɛʃ ənop·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppression, subjugationnoun

    the act of subjugating by cruelty

    "the tyrant's oppression of the people"

  2. oppressionnoun

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

  3. oppression, oppressivenessnoun

    a feeling of being oppressed


  1. oppressionnoun

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

  2. oppressionnoun

    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. oppressionnoun

    A feeling of being oppressed.

    Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oppressionnoun

    Etymology: oppression, Fr. from oppress.

    Famine is in thy cheeks;
    Need and oppression stare within thine eyes,
    Contempt and beggary hang upon thy back. William Shakespeare.

    Cæsar himself has work, and our oppression
    Exceeds what we expected. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    We are all subject to the same accidents; and when we see any under particular oppression, we should look upon it as the common lot of human nature. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Drousiness, oppression, heaviness, and lassitude, are signs of a too plentiful meal. John Arbuthnot, on Aliment.


  1. oppression

    Oppression is a situation where an individual or group in a position of power unjustly exercises authority or control over another individual or group, causing them harm or hardship. This encompasses systemic, pervasive inequality and mistreatment, and can manifest in various forms such as social, economic, political, or institutional injustice. It may include discrimination, exploitation, marginalization, or violence based on race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, or other social factors.


  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.

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  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

Examples of oppression in a Sentence

  1. Hezekiah Jackson:

    There are others who feel like it’s strictly a historical representation, but there are many who feel like it’s a symbol of oppression.

  2. Thomas Paine:

    He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

  3. Roger Goodell:

    Protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff, i will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve.

  4. David Maxwell:

    Can a one-day event change the nature of the brutal Kim Jong family regime that has existed for some seven decades ? We should never forget the people living in severe oppression in the north while we admire the charm offensive conducted by Kim Jong Un.

  5. Peter Merlo:

    To me, what it means is a possible end to an oppression, we do n’t need to stand with Cuba. We need to act for Cuba.

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