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Definition of "oppress" []

  • To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny. (verb-transitive)
  • To weigh heavily on: Poverty oppresses the spirit. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To overwhelm or crush. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "oppress" in a sentence
  • "Tell him that it's been a way for some people to control other people if he knows the word oppress, I'd say oppress -- a way for some people to oppress other people."
  • "To oppress is bad enough, but to love to do so is much worse."
  • "It is said that the oppressor shall be depress though by people praised, and that the oppress is at rest though by people blamed."