verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

: to treat (a person or group of people) in a cruel or unfair way

: to make (someone) feel sad or worried for a long period of time

Full Definition of OPPRESS

transitive verb
a archaic :  suppress
b :  to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority
:  to burden spiritually or mentally :  weigh heavily upon
op·pres·sor \-ˈpre-sər\ noun

Origin of OPPRESS

Middle English, from Anglo-French oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere, from ob- against + premere to press — more at ob-, press
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of OPPRESS

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves <a penal system that had wronged him>. oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform <a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant>. persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering <a child persecuted by constant criticism>. aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights <a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups>.
OPPRESS Defined for Kids


verb op·press \ə-ˈpres\

Definition of OPPRESS for Kids

:  to control or rule in a harsh or cruel way <The cruel ruler oppressed his people.>
:  to cause to feel burdened in spirit <Grief oppressed the survivors.>
op·press·or \-ˈpre-sər\ noun


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