Oppress meaning

ə-prĕs
To keep down by the cruel or unjust use of power or authority; rule harshly; tyrannize over.
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The definition of oppress is to keep something down using cruel or unjust power.

An example of oppress is for a dictator to force the poor people of his country to work in terrible conditions for little pay.

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To overwhelm or crush.
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To make sad or gloomy.

We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.

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To oppress is to have something worry you or weigh you down.

An example of oppress is to have worry that you might be laid off from your job.

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To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority.

A people who were oppressed by tyranny.

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To cause to feel worried or depressed.
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To weigh heavily on the mind, spirits, or senses of; worry; trouble.
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To keep down by force.

The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.

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Origin of oppress

  • Middle English oppressen from Old French opresser back-formation from oppression oppression from Latin oppressiō oppressiōn- from oppressus past participle of opprimere to press against ob- against ob– premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English oppressen, from Old French oppresser, from Medieval Latin oppressare (“to press against, oppress"), frequentive of Latin opprimere, past participle oppressus (“to press against, press together, oppress"), from ob (“against") + premere, past participle pressus (“to press"); see press.

    From Wiktionary