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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.

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
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"

oppressed

Translations

oppressed

[əˈprɛst]
adj [people] → opprimé(e)
npl (= downtrodden) the oppressed → les opprimés
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.
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!
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.
After walking to and fro in the room until I was weary, I thought of trying to divert my mind from the sad thoughts that oppressed it by reading.
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.