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Oppressed; tyrannized.
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(ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdən) or


1. subjugated; oppressed
2. trodden down; trampled
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(ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n)

also down′trod`,

tyrannized; oppressed.
down′trod`den•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.downtrodden - abused or oppressed by people in power
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"
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adjective oppressed, abused, exploited, subservient, subjugated, tyrannized at the expense of the downtrodden masses
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[ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdn] ADJ [person] → oprimido, pisoteado
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[ˌdaʊnˈtrɒdən] adj [person] → opprimé(e)
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[ˈdaʊnˌtrɒdn] adjoppresso/a
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References in classic literature ?
To wit, that this dreadful matter brought from these downtrodden people no outburst of rage against these oppressors.
"Ah!" exclaimed the Distressed One at this, "may all the stars of the celestial regions look down upon your greatness with benign eyes, valiant knight, and shed every prosperity and valour upon your heart, that it may be the shield and safeguard of the abused and downtrodden race of duennas, detested by apothecaries, sneered at by squires, and made game of by pages.
A poor, degraded, downtrodden, ignorant, superstitious people, they were; accustomed for generations to the heel of first one invader and then another and in the interims, when there were any, the heels of their feudal lords and their rapacious monarchs.
Talking to PTV news, she said the government was focusing to protect and ensure the fundamental rights to the downtrodden people and many steps had been taken for poverty alleviation.
AFTER reading this piece online, I had just one wish that the money both countries spend on the military be diverted towards uplift projects for the downtrodden on both sides of the border.
Rich tributes were paid to late Comrade Shanta Zaibunnisa for her services for the downtrodden society and specially tilling women on the occasion of her 5th death anniversary observed at Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
Summary: New Delhi [India], July 29 (ANI): Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday paid tributes to deceased Congress leader Jaipal Reddy and recalled his contribution towards the betterment of poor and downtrodden.
They also urged the well to do people to serve poor and downtrodden people so that they could breathe a sigh of relief.
The Speaker National Assembly said in the Model Welfare Villages, the downtrodden segment of the society will be provided with health, education and all facilities of life under one roof.
The downtrodden needs the sincere and proper attention of government in order to address their chronic issue and to pay their role in better way for CPEC it will also pave away the state of deprivation among Baloch people.
Stressing the need of maintaining close coordination among various communities, he said PBM was duty bound to help the downtrodden segment of society to make them self sufficient, said a press release.
If you remember Tevye as the beloved, downtrodden milkman of Anatevka, powerless to overcome the blows that fate sends his way, then Fishman's updated version of Tevye joining the Zionist Enterprise in Israel will change all that.