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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 ?
Dudley came behind, with a downcast look, dreading, as well he might, to meet the indignant gaze of the people, who beheld him, their only countryman by birth, among the oppressors of his native land.
But," said the Spectator, "you said in your famous speech before the Society for the Prevention of the Protrusion of Nail Heads from Plank Sidewalks that Kings were blood-smeared oppressors and hell- bound loafers.
The barons, or nobles, equally the enemies of the sovereign and the oppressors of the common people, were dreaded and detested by both; till mutual danger and mutual interest effected a union between them fatal to the power of the aristocracy.
The massacre of men who were fellow Christians, and of the same Slavonic race, excited sympathy for the sufferers and indignation against the oppressors.
To wit, that this dreadful matter brought from these downtrodden people no outburst of rage against these oppressors.
I see Barsad, and Cly, Defarge, The Vengeance, the Juryman, the Judge, long ranks of the new oppressors who have risen on the destruction of the old, perishing by this retributive instrument, before it shall cease out of its present use.
Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.
He imagined to himself vicious and unfortunate people whom he would assist by word and deed, imagined oppressors whose victims he would rescue.
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!
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.
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.