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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.
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oppressed

(əˈprɛst)
adj
1. subjugated by cruelty, force, etc
2. afflicted or tormented
pl n
the oppressed people who are subjugated by cruelty, force, etc
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.oppressed - burdened psychologically or mentally; "laden with grief"; "oppressed by a sense of failure"
burdened - bearing a heavy burden of work or difficulties or responsibilities; "she always felt burdened by the load of paper work"
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oppressed

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Translations

oppressed

[əˈprɛst]
adj [people] → opprimé(e)
npl (= downtrodden) the oppressed → les opprimés
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References in classic literature ?
A PIGEON, oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a signboard.
Today, for instance, I am particularly oppressed by one memory of a distant past.
It was necessary, therefore, to Moses that he should find the people of Israel in Egypt enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians, in order that they should be disposed to follow him so as to be delivered out of bondage.
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.
'Well, I would never contradict you without a cause, but certainly I would always let you know what I thought of your conduct; and if you oppressed me, in body, mind, or estate, you should at least have no reason to suppose "I didn't mind it."'
But on account of those you have despoiled and oppressed, I take this money, and will use it far more worthily than you would.
The silence, however, oppressed me; and to be thus in pairs, one is verily lonesomer than when alone!
She is oppressed, humiliated by the consciousness of her disabilities."
Be faithful, be vigilant, be untiring in your efforts to break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free.
``Remain at home, then, ungrateful lady,'' answered Cedric; ``thine is the hard heart, which can sacrifice the weal of an oppressed people to an idle and unauthorized attachment.
I will not trust myself to tell you of the anxieties and forebodings by which I am oppressed: I will only acknowledge that my one hope for you is in your speedy reunion with the worthier object of your constancy and devotion.
A man with a reflective turn of mind, walking through an exhibition of this sort, will not be oppressed, I take it, by his own or other people's hilarity.