oppression


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Related to oppression: Spiritual oppression

op·pres·sion

 (ə-prĕsh′ən)
n.
1.
a. The action of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power: a system of oppression.
b. The state of being oppressed: caught in the oppression of poverty.
2. A feeling of being weighed down in mind or body: "Every time I entered my house, an oppression settled on me so heavy that I had to stand for minutes at a time in the doorway, gathering what strength I could find" (Erin McGraw)."One has ... to come under the shadow of war to feel fully its oppression" (J.R.R. Tolkien).

oppression

(əˈprɛʃən)
n
1. the act of subjugating by cruelty, force, etc or the state of being subjugated in this way
2. the condition of being afflicted or tormented
3. the condition of having something lying heavily on one's mind, imagination, etc

op•pres•sion

(əˈprɛʃ ən)

n.
1. the exercise of authority or power in a cruel or unjust manner.
2. something that oppresses.
3. the feeling of being oppressed.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oppression - the act of subjugating by cruelty; "the tyrant's oppression of the people"
persecution - the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
2.oppression - the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
subjection, subjugation - forced submission to control by others
yoke - an oppressive power; "under the yoke of a tyrant"; "they threw off the yoke of domination"
3.oppression - a feeling of being oppressed
depression - sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
weight - an oppressive feeling of heavy force; "bowed down by the weight of responsibility"

oppression

noun persecution, control, suffering, abuse, injury, injustice, cruelty, domination, repression, brutality, suppression, severity, tyranny, authoritarianism, harshness, despotism, ill-treatment, subjugation, subjection, maltreatment an attempt to escape political oppression
justice, mercy, compassion, sympathy, goodness, kindness, tenderness, clemency, benevolence, humaneness
Quotations
"the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed" [Steve Biko `Black Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity']
Translations
ظُلْم، اضْطِهاد
útlak
undertrykkelse
kúgun
útlak

oppression

[əˈpreʃən] Nopresión f

oppression

[əˈprɛʃən] noppression f

oppression

n
(= tyranny)Unterdrückung f
(fig: = depression) → Bedrängnis f, → Bedrücktheit f; (due to heat, climate) → bedrückende Atmosphäre; the oppression of his spiritsseine Bedrängtheit

oppression

[əˈprɛʃn] noppressione f

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.

op·pres·sion

n. opresión, pesadez;
an ___ in the chestuna ___, una sofocación en el pecho.
References in classic literature ?
An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.
The sun poured down his parting glory on the scene, without the oppression of those fierce rays that belong to the climate and the season.
What I felt the next day was, I suppose, nothing that could be fairly called a reaction from the cheer of my arrival; it was probably at the most only a slight oppression produced by a fuller measure of the scale, as I walked round them, gazed up at them, took them in, of my new circumstances.
Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it; you did right, my boy.
Months pass, years maybe--and then you come again; and again I am here to plead with you, to know if want and misery have yet done their work with you, if injustice and oppression have yet opened your eyes
But when the friction comes to have its machine, and oppression and robbery are organized, I say, let us not have such a machine any longer.
My pipe was ready and would have been lit, if I had not been lost in thinking about how to banish oppression from this land and restore to all its people their stolen rights and manhood without disobliging anybody.
Tis my fate to be always ground into the mire under the iron heel of oppression.
whose happiness must be always at the mercy of chance,) who will suffer an unfortunate acquaintance to be an inconvenience, an oppression for ever.
His manners, though serious, were mild; and his reserve appeared rather the result of some oppression of spirits than of any natural gloominess of temper.
His abode at the Heights was an oppression past explaining.
All her movements had grown languid; all her usual occupations were pursued with the same weary indifference; she spent hours alone in her own room; she lost her interest in being brightly and prettily dressed; her eyes were heavy, her nerves were irritable, her complexion was altered visibly for the worse -- in one word, she had become an oppression and a weariness to herself and to all about her.