from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power: "There can be no really pervasive system of oppression . . . without the consent of the oppressed” ( Florynce R. Kennedy).
- n. The state of being oppressed.
- n. Something that oppresses.
- n. A feeling of being heavily weighed down in mind or body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
- n. The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.
- n. A feeling of being oppressed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
- n. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny.
- n. A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude
- n. Ravishment; rape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pressing down; pressure; burden.
- n. A feeling of weight; that state in which one experiences a sensation of weight or pressure; hence, lassitude; dullness of spirits; depression.
- n. 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. 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. Whatever oppresses or causes hardship; an unjust or unreasonable imposition, exaction, or measure; a hardship.
- n. Ravishment; rape. Chaucer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority:
- n. a feeling of being oppressed
- n. the act of subjugating by cruelty
From Middle English oppression, from Old French oppression, from Latin oppressio ("a pressing down, violence, oppression"), from opprimere, past participle oppressus ("to press down"); see oppress. (Wiktionary)