oppressor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oppressor a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oppressor One who oppresses; one who imposes unjust burdens on others; one who harasses others with unjust laws or unreasonable severity. "The orphan pines while the oppressor feeds.""To relieve the oppressed and to punish the oppressor ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oppressor One who oppresses, or exercises undue severity in the use of power or authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Oppressor one who oppresses
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
  • Steven Biko
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    “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

If ignorance is useful to priests and to the oppressors of humanity, it is very fatal to society.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
Can her hatred be for some of our plutocrats or supposed oppressors of the people?
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
Slavery is a curse to the oppressor scarcely less than to the oppressed: its natural tendency is to brutalize both.
"The History of Mary Prince" by Mary Prince
The tables are now turned; the oppressor has become the oppressed.
"The Diary of an Ennuyée" by Anna Brownell Jameson
My accomplices are everywhere where the heart of a man is raised against the oppressors of men.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
For two thousand years the oppressors have bound her to the earth.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
He gritted his teeth and gave full vent to his innermost feelings which were by no means complimentary to our German oppressors.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The city of Jerusalem was cleared of the detested oppressors, all except a garrison that maintained itself in the citadel.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
What is it that they will not pull down, when they are lifted to heaven against their oppressors?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
In both countries the oppressed became in turn the oppressors.
"Claverhouse" by Mowbray Morris
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In poetry:

The murderer of his brother's hope,
The sweater and the slave,
The oppressor hideously enthroned,
Make human life a grave.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
And the watchman cried "O Israel,
How long are we to stand,
Under the great oppressor's yoke,
To be moved by Shiloh's hand?"
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
O Thou whose justice reigns on high,
And makes th' oppressor cease,
Behold how envious sinners try
To vex and break my peace.
"Psalm 56" by Isaac Watts
Canst thou the white oppressor bless
With verdant hills and fruitful plains,
Regardless of the slave's distress,
Unmindful of the black man's chains.
"Prayer Of The Oppressed" by James Monroe Whitfield
Like thoughtless sheep the sinner dies,
Laid in the grave for worms to eat:
The saints shall in the morning rise,
And find th' oppressor at their feet.
"Psalm 49" by Isaac Watts
Monarchs, and leaders of the fight,
And giants once of matchless might,
The proud, th' oppressors, shall bewail their fate,
And to the cloven mountains call,
That they upon their heads shou'd fall,
And screen them from their righteous Judge's hate.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Despotism debases the oppressed much more than the oppressor: in absolute monarchies the king has often great virtues, but the courtiers are invariably servile.
the oppressor and the oppressed .
One of the horrors of the time was the cheek-by-jowl coexistence of oppressor and oppressed .
"Shit Pig" b/w "Unborn Oppressor ".
My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor , My Love.
Women Of The World Unite (In Slitting The Throats Of Drunken Male Oppressors?).
Syrians take up arms against their oppressors.
Rabbi Levi (LEH'-vee) Shemtov told the crowd that just as the Jewish people triumphed over their oppressors more than 2,000 years ago, "Decency over any force of evil or darkness will prevail".
"Shit Pig" b/w "Unborn Oppressor".
Adaptation of a novel about oppressors and the oppressed keeps the original time-traveling structure but adds confusion.
"Shit Pig" b/w " Unborn Oppressor".
Holiday traditions of the oppressor.
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