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Definition of Oppress


  1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty.
  2. To ravish; to violate.
  3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress.
  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.

Oppress Quotations

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
Frederick Douglass

The Klan had used fear, intimidation and murder to brutally oppress over African-Americans who sought justice and equality and it sought to respond to the young workers of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the same way.
Charles B. Rangel

Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.
John Henrik Clarke

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Frederick Douglass

Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.
William Hague
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Oppress Translations

oppress in Afrikaans is druk
oppress in Danish is trykke
oppress in Dutch is drukken, dringen, persen, knellen
oppress in Finnish is puristaa
oppress in French is accabler, serrer
oppress in Latin is praegravo, onero, conculco
oppress in Spanish is deprimir, apretar
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