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Pronunciation:  u'preshun

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  1. [n]  the act of subjugating by cruelty
  2. [n]  a feeling of being oppressed
  3. [n]  kept down by unjust use of force or authority; "the tyrant's oppression of the people"

OPPRESSION is a 10 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: oppressiveness, subjugation
 See Also: depression, persecution, subjection, subjugation, weight



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Op*pres"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.]
1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.

2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty;
   severity; tyranny. ``The multitude of oppressions.'' --Job
   xxxv. 9.

3. A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind;
   depression; dullness; lassitude; as, an oppression of
   spirits; an oppression of the lungs.

         There gentlee Sleep First found me, and with soft
         oppression seized My drowsed sense.   --Milton.

4. Ravishment; rape. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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