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Meaning of OPPRESS

Pronunciation:  u'pres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists"
  2. [v]  cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

OPPRESS is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: crush, harass, persecute, suppress
 See Also: bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, haze, keep down, purge, quash, rag, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate, torment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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; 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.

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