oppressor


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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-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

op·pres′sor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oppressor - a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
authoritarian, dictator - a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
meanie, unkind person, meany - a person of mean disposition
switcher, whipper - a person who administers punishment by wielding a switch or whip
persecutor, tormenter, tormentor - someone who torments
torturer - someone who inflicts severe physical pain (usually for punishment or coercion)

oppressor

noun persecutor, tyrant, bully, scourge, tormentor, despot, autocrat, taskmaster, iron hand, slave-driver, harrier, intimidator, subjugator The rebels called upon the people to rise up against their oppressors.

oppressor

noun
An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
Translations
ظالِم، مُضْطَهِد، مُسْتَبِد
tyranundertrykker
kúgari
utláčateľ

oppressor

[əˈpresəʳ] Nopresor(a) m/f

oppressor

[əˈprɛsər] noppresseur m

oppressor

nUnterdrücker(in) m(f)

oppressor

[əˈprɛsəʳ] noppressore m

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.
References in classic literature ?
Having "nothing of the bear about him but the skin," and being gifted by nature with a great, honest, just heart, quite equal to his gigantic frame, he had been for some years witnessing with repressed uneasiness the workings of a system equally bad for oppressor and oppressed.
fortunate for himself, as it at once brought him into the field of public use- fulness, "gave the world assurance of a MAN," quick- ened the slumbering energies of his soul, and con- secrated him to the great work of breaking the rod of the oppressor, and letting the oppressed go free!
Earnshaw's death, which happened in less than two years after, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent's affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries.
since it has fallen to thy lot to hold subject and submissive to thy full will and pleasure a knight so renowned as is and will be Don Quixote of La Mancha, who, as all the world knows, yesterday received the order of knighthood, and hath to-day righted the greatest wrong and grievance that ever injustice conceived and cruelty perpetrated: who hath to-day plucked the rod from the hand of yonder ruthless oppressor so wantonly lashing that tender child.
The poor people began by fearing them, but when they found that the men in Lincoln green who answered Robin Hood's horn meant them no harm, but despoiled the oppressor to relieve the oppressed, they 'gan to have great liking for them.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
But whether the oppressor were overawed by the Gray Champion's look, or perceived his peril in the threatening attitude of the people, it is certain that he gave back, and ordered his soldiers to commence a slow and guarded retreat.
Moreover, though he was neither like Crimsworth nor Lord Tynedale, yet he was acrid, and, I suspected, overbearing in his way: there was a tone of despotism in the urgency of the very reproaches by which, he aimed at goading the oppressed into rebellion against the oppressor.
Is he in a hardened or a softened mood, he still lays his injuries equally at that door; he was thwarted, in that quarter, of a set purpose, and that purpose could only originate in the one subject that is resolving his existence into itself; besides, it is a justification to him in his own eyes to have an embodied antagonist and oppressor.
I give it you if you really wished to avenge the weak and oppressed against the oppressor.
The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with oppressed; And close as sin and suffering joined We march to fate abreast.
As a matter of fact, if the priest has possessions and privileges, he at once appears in the light of an oppressor.