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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).
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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
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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]
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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"
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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']
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Translations
ظُلْم، اضْطِهاد
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undertrykkelse
kúgun
útlak

oppression

[əˈpreʃən] Nopresión f
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oppression

[əˈprɛʃən] noppression f
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oppression

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

[əˈprɛʃn] noppressione f
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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.
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op·pres·sion

n. opresión, pesadez;
an ___ in the chestuna ___, una sofocación en el pecho.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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(2) Esta perspectiva permite establecer una conexion entre el Holocausto y otras historias de violencia y genocidio y es fundamental, segun la autora, "to begin serious thinking about politics of alliance against opression, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and imperialist invasions of other countries" (72).
Accordingly, Elizabethan political thought, based on Fortescue's ideas, pointed out the necessity of the greatness and 'might' of a ruler, whereas it acknowledged that such necessity might spoil him and transform him into a tyrant who might use his powers for 'opression'.
At popular meetings, the inequality and opression of women within the family unit was identified as a source of malaise and subversion.
As a black servant, one would assume that her social situation would cause her to be powerless in her opression, and yet, she is one of the most powerful, independent women in the novel.
If you're ok with completing religious duty at the price of fueling terrorism & opression, be my guest.
PARIS, Sept 8 (KUNA) -- French President Francois Hollande called on the importance of enhancing international efforts to bring peace and stop violence and opression against minorities in the Middle East warning of what he called the end of an era of peace and coexistence, respect for others in the region.
He uses Lorca's own words along with dramatic motifs inspired by La casa de Bernarda Alba ("mourning, opression and confinement") and by Lorca's experimental theatre: the surrealism of Asi que pasen cinco anos and the "Pirandellian" structure of El publico (Cruz no page number).
The expected virtues of the State are that it provides the welfare, acts with caution and justice, in other words, that its protect people against violence, injustice and opression (SMITH, 2000).
The river is often portrayed as a witness to history, and here Burgos chooses to allude to the longest river in the national landscape in order to evoke the extreme pain of political and social opression. Her characterization of the people and the Island as enslaved is a common trope in Puerto Rican poetry; it is used to denounce the colonial situation.