Definition of oppress in English:

oppress

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Pronunciation: /əˈprɛs
 
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verb

[with object]
1Keep (someone) in subjection and hardship, especially by the unjust exercise of authority: a system which oppressed working people
More example sentences
  • So when I rail against the corporate capitalist system that oppresses workers, I'm speaking from my own experience.
  • It argues that the modern world fosters institutions and ideas that exploit and oppress people and degrade and destroy the environment.
  • He has oppressed our people and caused great hardship for too long.
Synonyms
persecute, abuse, maltreat, ill-treat, treat harshly, be brutal to, be cruel to, tyrannize, crush, repress, suppress, subjugate, hegemonize, subdue, subject, enslave; scourge, exploit, hold down, keep down, grind down, rule with a rod of iron, rule with an iron hand, trample on, trample underfoot, bring someone to their knees, ride roughshod over
informal walk all over
persecuted, downtrodden, abused, maltreated, ill-treated, tyrannized, subjugated, repressed, subdued, crushed, enslaved, exploited, victimized, misused; disadvantaged, underprivileged, ground down, browbeaten
1.1Cause distress or anxiety to: he was oppressed by some secret worry
More example sentences
  • I've gotten over being oppressed by it though and will carry on.
  • On the way, London's ancient, massive buildings, black statues and dirt surround me, oppress and burden me.
  • Animal spirits could be low, broken, oppressed, dejected, petulant, harassed or even ruffled beyond description.
Synonyms
depress, make gloomy/despondent, weigh down, lie heavy on, weigh heavily on, cast down, dampen someone's spirits, hang over, prey on, burden, crush, dispirit, dishearten, discourage, sadden, make desolate, get down, bring down, trouble, afflict
archaic deject
2 Heraldry another term for debruise.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French oppresser, from medieval Latin oppressare, from Latin oppress- 'pressed against', from the verb opprimere.

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