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.
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