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op·press

 (ə-prĕs′)
tr.v. op·pressed, op·press·ing, op·press·es
1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority: a people who were oppressed by tyranny.
2. To cause to feel worried or depressed: "People were at a loss ... oppressed by the atmosphere of the dead man's room" (Ward Just).
3. Obsolete To overwhelm or crush.

[Middle English oppressen, from Old French opresser, back-formation from oppression, oppression, from Latin oppressiō, oppressiōn-, from oppressus, past participle of opprimere, to press against : ob-, against; see ob- + premere, to press; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

op·pres′sor n.

oppress

(əˈprɛs)
vb (tr)
1. to subjugate by cruelty, force, etc
2. to afflict or torment
3. to lie heavy on (the mind, imagination, etc)
4. an obsolete word for overwhelm
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin oppressāre, from Latin opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press]
opˈpressingly adv
opˈpressor n

op•press

(əˈprɛs)

v.t.
1. to govern or manage with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; exercise harsh authority or power over.
2. to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.); weigh down.
3. Archaic. to put down; subdue or suppress.
[1300–50; < Middle French oppresser < Medieval Latin oppressāre, derivative of Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere to squeeze, suffocate =op- op- + primere (comb. form of premere to press1]
op•press′i•ble, adj.
op•pres′sor, n.

oppress


Past participle: oppressed
Gerund: oppressing

Imperative
oppress
oppress
Present
I oppress
you oppress
he/she/it oppresses
we oppress
you oppress
they oppress
Preterite
I oppressed
you oppressed
he/she/it oppressed
we oppressed
you oppressed
they oppressed
Present Continuous
I am oppressing
you are oppressing
he/she/it is oppressing
we are oppressing
you are oppressing
they are oppressing
Present Perfect
I have oppressed
you have oppressed
he/she/it has oppressed
we have oppressed
you have oppressed
they have oppressed
Past Continuous
I was oppressing
you were oppressing
he/she/it was oppressing
we were oppressing
you were oppressing
they were oppressing
Past Perfect
I had oppressed
you had oppressed
he/she/it had oppressed
we had oppressed
you had oppressed
they had oppressed
Future
I will oppress
you will oppress
he/she/it will oppress
we will oppress
you will oppress
they will oppress
Future Perfect
I will have oppressed
you will have oppressed
he/she/it will have oppressed
we will have oppressed
you will have oppressed
they will have oppressed
Future Continuous
I will be oppressing
you will be oppressing
he/she/it will be oppressing
we will be oppressing
you will be oppressing
they will be oppressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been oppressing
you have been oppressing
he/she/it has been oppressing
we have been oppressing
you have been oppressing
they have been oppressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been oppressing
you will have been oppressing
he/she/it will have been oppressing
we will have been oppressing
you will have been oppressing
they will have been oppressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been oppressing
you had been oppressing
he/she/it had been oppressing
we had been oppressing
you had been oppressing
they had been oppressing
Conditional
I would oppress
you would oppress
he/she/it would oppress
we would oppress
you would oppress
they would oppress
Past Conditional
I would have oppressed
you would have oppressed
he/she/it would have oppressed
we would have oppressed
you would have oppressed
they would have oppressed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.oppress - come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists"
quash, repress, subdue, subjugate, keep down, reduce - put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
2.oppress - cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
purge - oust politically; "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"

oppress

verb
1. subjugate, abuse, suppress, wrong, master, overcome, crush, overwhelm, put down, subdue, overpower, persecute, rule over, enslave, maltreat, hold sway over, trample underfoot, bring someone to heel, tyrannize over, rule with an iron hand, bring someone under the yoke Men still oppress women both physically and socially.
subjugate free, release, deliver, loose, liberate, set free, emancipate
2. depress, burden, discourage, torment, daunt, harass, afflict, sadden, vex, weigh down, dishearten, cast someone down, dispirit, take the heart out of, deject, lie or weigh heavy upon, make someone despondent The atmosphere in the room oppressed her.

oppress

verb
1. To do a wrong to; treat unjustly:
2. To make sad or gloomy:
Translations
يُضايِق، يُقْلِقيَظْلُم، يَضْطَهِد
utiskovat
trykkeundertrykke
alistaasortaa
kúga, undirokaòjaka
engėjasengtinepakenčiamaipriespaudaprispaudėjas
apspiestnomāktnospiest sirdi
utláčať
bunaltmakzulmetmek

oppress

[əˈpres] VT
1. (Mil, Pol etc) → oprimir
the oppressedlos oprimidos
2. [heat, anxiety etc] → agobiar
oppressed with worryangustiado/a

oppress

[əˈprɛs] vt [+ person, group] → opprimer
to be oppressed by sb → être opprimé par qn

oppress

vt
(= tyrannize)unterdrücken
(= weigh down)bedrücken, lasten auf (+dat); (heat) → lasten auf (+dat); the climate oppresses medas Klima macht mir schwer zu schaffen; I feel oppressed by the heatdie Hitze lastet schwer auf mir

oppress

[əˈprɛs] vtopprimere

oppress

(əˈpres) verb
1. to govern cruelly. The king oppressed his people.
2. to worry or depress. The thought of leaving her oppressed me.
opˈpression (-ʃən) noun
After five years of oppression, the peasants revolted.
opˈpressive (-siv) adjective
oppressing; cruel; hard to bear. oppressive laws.
opˈpressively adverb
opˈpressiveness noun
opˈpressor noun
a ruler who oppresses his people; a tyrant.

oppress

v. oprimir, afligir, agobiar; apretar.
References in classic literature ?
But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence.
If you are a tyrant by nature, the temptation is strong, I allow; but no generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect.
I don't oppress her; but it's so confounded flat to be always cherishing and protecting; and then, how can I tell that I am oppressing her when she "melts away and makes no sign"?
But virtue will never destroy what is virtuous; nor can what is right be the ruin of the state: therefore such a law can never be right, nor can the acts of a tyrant ever be wrong, for of necessity they must all be just; for he, from his unlimited power, compels every one to obey his command, as the multitude oppress the rich.
White Fang knew the law well: TO OPPRESS THE WEAK AND OBEY THE STRONG.
INSTITUTIONS MAY OPPRESS people by restricting access to resources and opportunities needed for people to self-determine their lives (Weber, 2009; Young, 1990).
In the process of defining hundreds of slang terms, the author argues that slang has an important role in promoting group solidarity among the oppressed, showing resistance to the people and institutions that oppress them, and giving group members the respect they don't find elsewhere.
If peace is defined as the cessation of violence, then the target audience should be those in possession of weapons of mass destruction who deploy stereotypical language to undermine those they seek to oppress.