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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Oppress \Op*press"\, verb (used with an object) [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; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty. --Wyclif.

For thee, oppress['e]d king, am I cast down. --Shak.

Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress Thy chosen! --Milton.

2. To ravish; to violate. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. [Obs.]

The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. --Shak.

4. To produce a sensation of weight in (some part of the body); as, my lungs are oppressed by the damp air; excess of food oppresses the stomach.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists" [syn: {oppress}, {suppress}, {crush}]

2: cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union" [syn: {persecute}, {oppress}]

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