noun Date: 14th century 1. a. unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power b. something that oppresses especially in being an unjust or excessive exercise of power 2. a sense of being weighed down in body or mind ; depression

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  • oppression — [ ɔpresjɔ̃ ] n. f. • déb. XIIIe; plur. « violences, dommages » XIIe; lat. oppressio 1 ♦ Action, fait d opprimer. Oppression du faible par le fort. ⇒ domination; joug. Oppression des minorités. Absolt Action de faire violence par abus d autorité.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • OPPRESSION — (Heb. עָפְרָה), an offense against property, standing midway between theft and robbery and fraud and often overlapping with either of them. The injunction, rendered in English as Thou shalt not oppress thy neighbor (Lev. 19:13), really means… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • oppression — op·pres·sion /ə pre shən/ n: an unjust or excessive exercise of power: as a: unlawful, wrongful, or corrupt exercise of authority by a public official acting under color of authority that causes a person harm b: dishonest, unfair, wrongful, or… …   Law dictionary

  • Oppression — Op*pres sion, n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.] 1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed. [1913 Webster] 2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny. The multitude of oppressions. Job xxxv. 9. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oppression — mid 14c., cruel or unjust use of power or authority, from Fr. oppression (12c.), from L. oppressionem (nom. oppressio), noun of action from pp. stem of opprimere (see OPPRESS (Cf. oppress)). Meaning action of weighing on someone s mind or spirits …   Etymology dictionary

  • Oppression — (lat.), Unterdrückung, Beklemmung (z.B. der Brust); oppressīv, unterdrückend; opprimieren, unterdrücken, bedrücken …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • oppression — [n] misery, hardship abuse, abusiveness, autocracy, brutality, calamity, coercion, compulsion, conquering, control, cruelty, despotism, dictatorship, domination, fascism, force, forcibleness, hardness, harshness, injury, injustice, iron hand*,… …   New thesaurus

  • oppression — Oppression, Oppressio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • oppression — [ə presh′ən] n. [OFr < L oppressio] 1. an oppressing or being oppressed 2. a thing that oppresses 3. a feeling of being weighed down, as with worries or problems; physical or mental distress …   English World dictionary

  • Oppression — Oppressed redirects here. For the Welsh band, see The Oppressed. For other uses, see Oppression (disambiguation). Oppression derives from the concept of being weighted down, and is often depicted as such. Here, a cartoon Jew labors under the… …   Wikipedia

  • oppression — (o prè sion ; en vers, de quatre syllabes) s. f. 1°   État de ce qui est oppressé.    Terme de médecine. Oppression des forces, état dans lequel le malade, loin de manquer de forces, est embarrassé de leur excès ; c est ce que l on observe au… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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