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

  • n. The act of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power: "There can be no really pervasive system of oppression . . . without the consent of the oppressed” ( Florynce R. Kennedy).
  • n. The state of being oppressed.
  • n. Something that oppresses.
  • n. A feeling of being heavily weighed down in mind or body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
  • n. The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.
  • n. A feeling of being oppressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
  • n. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny.
  • n. A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude
  • n. Ravishment; rape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pressing down; pressure; burden.
  • n. A feeling of weight; that state in which one experiences a sensation of weight or pressure; hence, lassitude; dullness of spirits; depression.
  • n. The act of oppressing or of imposing unreasonable or unjust burdens; the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, harsh, or severe manner; the imposition of severe or cruel measures or exactions; tyrannical or cruel exercise of power.
  • n. An oppressed state or condition; the state of those who are overburdened or oppressed, or treated with unjustness or undue severity, by persons in authority or power.
  • n. Whatever oppresses or causes hardship; an unjust or unreasonable imposition, exaction, or measure; a hardship.
  • n. Ravishment; rape. Chaucer.

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

  • n. the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority:
  • n. a feeling of being oppressed
  • n. the act of subjugating by cruelty


From Middle English oppression, from Old French oppression, from Latin oppressio ("a pressing down, violence, oppression"), from opprimere, past participle oppressus ("to press down"); see oppress. (Wiktionary)


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