- Oppression is defined as treating people unfairly, especially with overuse of government power.
An example of oppression is what the citizens of a cruel dictatorship may feel.
- Oppression means feeling weighed down physically or emotionally.
An example of oppression is what a political prisoner may feel.
- an oppressing or being oppressed
- a thing that oppresses
- a feeling of being weighed down, as with worries or problems; physical or mental distress
Origin of oppressionOld French from Classical Latin oppressio
- a. The action of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power: a system of oppression.b. The state of being oppressed: caught in the oppression of poverty.
- A feeling of being weighed down in mind or body: “Every time I entered my house, an oppression settled on me so heavy that I had to stand for minutes at a time in the doorway, gathering what strength I could find” ( Erin McGraw ) “One has … to come under the shadow of war to feel fully its oppression” ( J.R.R. Tolkien )
(countable and uncountable, plural oppressions)
- The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
- 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.
- A feeling of being oppressed.
- Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.