Oppress Definition

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To weigh heavily on the mind, spirits, or senses of; worry; trouble.
Webster's New World
To keep down by the cruel or unjust use of power or authority; rule harshly; tyrannize over.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel worried or depressed.
American Heritage
To crush; trample down.
Webster's New World
To overpower; subdue.
Webster's New World

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

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