oppress

oppress
UK [əˈpres] / US verb [transitive, often passive]
Word forms "oppress":
present tense I/you/we/they oppress he/she/it oppresses present participle oppressing past tense oppressed past participle oppressed
1) to treat people who are less powerful in an unfair and cruel way

Trade unionists had been ruthlessly oppressed during the dictatorship.

2) to make someone feel very worried or unhappy

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  • Oppress — Op*press , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Oppressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Oppressing}.] [F. oppresser, LL. oppressare, fr. L. oppressus, p. p. of opprimere; ob (see {Ob }) + premere to press. See {Press}.] 1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oppress — index abuse (victimize), badger, bait (harass), brutalize, coerce, constrain (restrain) …   Law dictionary

  • oppress — (v.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. oppresser (13c.), from M.L. oppressare, frequentative of L. opprimere press against, crush (in L.L. to rape ), from ob against + premere to press, push (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)). It is the due [external] restraint… …   Etymology dictionary

  • oppress — 1 *depress, weigh Analogous words: *abuse, mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, outrage: *worry, annoy, harass, harry 2 *wrong, persecute, aggrieve Analogous words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • oppress — [v] depress, subdue abuse, afflict, aggrieve, annoy, beat down*, burden, crush, despotize, dishearten, dispirit, distress, encumber, force, handicap, harass, harry, hound*, keep down, maltreat, outrage, overcome, overload, overpower, overthrow,… …   New thesaurus

  • oppress — ► VERB 1) keep in subjection and hardship. 2) cause to feel distressed or anxious. DERIVATIVES oppression noun oppressor noun. ORIGIN Old French oppresser, from Latin opprimere press against …   English terms dictionary

  • oppress — [ə pres′] vt. [ME oppressen < OFr oppresser < ML oppressare < L oppressus, pp. of opprimere, to press against < ob (see OB ) + premere,PRESS1] 1. to weigh heavily on the mind, spirits, or senses of; worry; trouble 2. to keep down by… …   English World dictionary

  • oppress — oppressible, adj. oppressor, n. /euh pres /, v.t. 1. to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism. 2. to lie heavily upon (the… …   Universalium

  • oppress — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. persecute, burden, crush, afflict, grieve, load, de press; overbear, compress, overtax, overburden; tyrannize. See malevolence, badness, severity, subjection, wrong. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. trouble …   English dictionary for students

  • oppress — [[t]əpre̱s[/t]] oppresses, oppressing, oppressed 1) VERB To oppress people means to treat them cruelly, or to prevent them from having the same opportunities, freedom, and benefits as others. [be V ed] These people often are oppressed by the… …   English dictionary

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