Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Oppressed; tyrannized.

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  • adj. Opressed, persecuted or subjugated.
  • adj. Trodden down.
  • v. Past participle of downtrod

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trodden down; trampled upon; tyrannized over.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. abused or oppressed by people in power

Etymologies

From the past participle of downtrod. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the Bible's best-known examples of how we are to embrace the downtrodden is in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

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  • But to cloak one's personal gripes, however subconsciously, in the cloak of solidarity with all downtrodden is just plain disingenuous -- to use the nicest word.

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  • It’s perhaps of even greater interest to note that this Jewish support for the downtrodden is almost exclusively done on behalf of groups that are not Jewish.

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  • “People see conservatives as not caring about the downtrodden, which is not true” said McCombs, who said conservatism was about empowering people to succeed for themselves — she mentioned she was especially disappointed with UW students who had protested the state legislature asking for more tuition assistance.

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  • Sitting in a coffee house expounding on the lightness of being, while you quote esoteric quotes to prove how in touch you are with the downtrodden is the equivalent of a hot breeze on a hot day; annoying and needless.

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  • But it is different, for the privileged classes of the past were probably not much superior biologically to the downtrodden, which is why revolutions had a fair chance of success.

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  • Referring to naxalism, she said denial of social and economic justice to the downtrodden was the reason for the marginalised sections being misled to the extremist path.

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  • Obituary > The downtrodden are the future: remembering Father Gerry Memorial for Father Jean-Juste Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m., at

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  • Also problematic for this former military-wife turned champion of the downtrodden is the odd tension between her new Republican fan base and her own affection for

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  • That Chaplin was actually a gentile was beside the point: in the eyes of an Aryan nationalist, the comedian's cosmopolitanism and identification with the downtrodden were the essence of Semitic subversion.

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