• WordNet 3.6
    • n oppression the act of subjugating by cruelty "the tyrant's oppression of the people"
    • n oppression a feeling of being oppressed
    • n oppression the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oppression A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude; as, an oppression of spirits; an oppression of the lungs. "There gentle Sleep
      First found me, and with soft oppression seized
      My drowsed sense."
    • Oppression Ravishment; rape.
    • Oppression That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny. "The multitude of oppressions ."
    • Oppression The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oppression A pressing down; pressure; burden.
    • n oppression A feeling of weight; that state in which one experiences a sensation of weight or pressure; hence, lassitude; dullness of spirits; depression.
    • n oppression The act of oppressing or of imposing unreasonable or unjust burdens; the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, harsh, or severe manner; the imposition of severe or cruel measures or exactions; tyrannical or cruel exercise of power.
    • n oppression An oppressed state or condition; the state of those who are overburdened or oppressed, or treated with unjustness or undue severity, by persons in authority or power.
    • n oppression Whatever oppresses or causes hardship; an unjust or unreasonable imposition, exaction, or measure; a hardship.
    • n oppression Ravishment; rape. Chaucer. Synonyms and Oppression, Tyranny, Despotism, cruelty, persecution. Oppression is the general word for abuse of power over another, pressing him down in his rights or interests. Tyranny and despotism are forms of oppression, namely abuse of governmental or autocratic power. Oppression is applied to the state of those oppressed, as tyranny and despotism are not. See despotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oppression act of oppressing or treating unjustly or harshly: severity: cruelty: state of being oppressed: misery: hardship: injustice: dullness of spirits:
    • n Oppression (Shak.) pressure
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  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
  • Erica Jong
    “Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”
  • Robin Wood
    Robin Wood
    “One might say that the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses and oppresses.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oppressio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. opprimĕre, oppressumob, against, premĕre, to press.


In literature:

Hang me if you will, but this will not prevent oppression from being oppression.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
The silence was oppressive.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
After this meeting, Jill felt a slight diminution of the oppression which weighed upon her.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I know woman is oppressed with legal and customic disabilities.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
To these characteristics were added a fearless and generous spirit, a hatred of oppression, and compassion for the oppressed.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
This Order has been stigmatized by New England writers as most tyrannical and oppressive.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
Irish oppression never could rely on mere physical force for any length of time.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
The chill, the feeling of oppression passed for the time and he hastened to the side street and the little house.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
They are presented as an oppression that shall not bless the oppressor.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Once again that feeling of fear oppresses her.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

In poetry:

Here where winter oppresses us
Still we listen and doubt,
Dreading a hope betrayed:
Sore we long to be greeting him,
Still we linger and doubt
"What if his march be stayed?"
"The Invasion" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Communing thus, these weary travelers went.
Their hearts oppressed by mingled doubt and fear;
When lo! along the road to Emmaus
Their Lord, the risen Christ Himself, drew near.
"The Walk To Emmaus" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
I saw them pause on their celestial way;
Then said I, with deep fear and doubt oppressed,
"Beat not so loud, my heart, lest thou betray
The place where thy beloved are at rest!"
"The Two Angels. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Alas! nor he, whase youthfu' bloom
Lang felt oppression's tyrant doom;
Though science, mid the captive gloom,
And genius bright, And fancy, at her fairy loom
Shot radiant light!--
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
Think not, that righteous Heav'n disdains to hear
The contrite sigh that rends thy troubled breast;
Or sees unmov'd that penitential tear,
The faithful witness of a mind oppress'd.
"To Adelina. Written while reading the Third Volume of Mrs Smith's 'Orphan of the Castle'" by Maria Logan
Shou'd Satan ever tempt thee to oppress
The Orphan — say, 'tis scarce a greater sin
To pull out Christ's own eyes — than to distress
The helpless Orphan, that has lost his kin.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Film Giving the Finger to Forces of Oppression : Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at Belcourt.
End oppression of women worldwide.
Putin's support of Syrian oppression is in his Russian genes.
Meeting to Explore White Privilege, Race, Oppression .
The Media and Learning and Teaching Around Issues of Race, Privilege, and Oppression .
Symbol Of Past Oppression , Future Of Equal Rights.
'Blue bra girl' rallies Egypt's women vs oppression .
Judge on Citi's SEC Deal: "An engine of oppression ".
A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom.
QUITMAN, Texas (AP) — A county judge in East Texas has been cleared of official oppression over removal of a protester who wore duct tape on his mouth to protest a ban on public comment.
Leading women's voices in Egypt's ongoing uprisings have already warned that their revolution is in danger of being derailed, not only by oppressive military rule but also gender oppression within the movement.
Standing Up Against Oppression .
Superior students are taking a stand against oppression this week.
Russia's alcoholism a result of years of oppression , state control of vodka industry.
Though Robert Bauman did ask them to avoid being blatantly and oppressively present.

In science:

Coulomb potential, and it oppresses the exact solution of the wave equation.
New exact solution of Dirac-Coulomb equation with exact boundary condition
All men know that they die sooner than women because they are oppressed by them.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging