oppression

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English oppression, from Old French oppression, from Latin oppressiō (a pressing down, violence, oppression), from opprimō; see oppress.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /əˈpɹɛʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛʃən
  • Hyphenation: op‧pres‧sion

NounEdit

oppression (countable and uncountable, plural oppressions)

  1. The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
    • 1614, Walter Ralegh [i.e., Walter Raleigh], The Historie of the World [], London: [] William Stansby for Walter Burre, [], OCLC 37026674, (please specify |book=1 to 5):
      Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []
  2. The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.
    The oppression of the poor by the aristocracy was one cause of the French Revolution.
  3. A feeling of being oppressed.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
    Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin oppressiō.

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oppression f (plural oppressions)

  1. oppression
  2. (Louisiana) asthma

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