Oppressed
Oppress Op*press", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Oppressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Oppressing}.] [F. oppresser, LL. oppressare, fr. L. oppressus, p. p. of opprimere; ob (see {Ob-}) + premere to press. See {Press}.] 1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

For thee, oppress[`e]d king, am I cast down. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress Thy chosen! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To ravish; to violate. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To produce a sensation of weight in (some part of the body); as, my lungs are oppressed by the damp air; excess of food oppresses the stomach. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • oppressed — oppressed; un·oppressed; …   English syllables

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  • oppressed — (adj.) late 14c., pp. adjective from OPPRESS (Cf. oppress) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • oppressed — [[t]əpre̱st[/t]] ADJ GRADED People who are oppressed are treated cruelly or are prevented from having the same opportunities, freedom, and benefits as others. Before they took power, they felt oppressed by the white English speakers who… …   English dictionary

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  • oppressed — adj. Oppressed is used with these nouns: ↑minority, ↑people …   Collocations dictionary

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