oppress

  • 1 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 oppress — index abuse (victimize), badger, bait (harass), brutalize, coerce, constrain (restrain) …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 oppress — (v.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. oppresser (13c.), from M.L. oppressare, frequentative of L. opprimere press against, crush (in L.L. to rape ), from ob against + premere to press, push (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)). It is the due [external] restraint… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 oppress — 1 *depress, weigh Analogous words: *abuse, mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, outrage: *worry, annoy, harass, harry 2 *wrong, persecute, aggrieve Analogous words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 oppress — [v] depress, subdue abuse, afflict, aggrieve, annoy, beat down*, burden, crush, despotize, dishearten, dispirit, distress, encumber, force, handicap, harass, harry, hound*, keep down, maltreat, outrage, overcome, overload, overpower, overthrow,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 oppress — ► VERB 1) keep in subjection and hardship. 2) cause to feel distressed or anxious. DERIVATIVES oppression noun oppressor noun. ORIGIN Old French oppresser, from Latin opprimere press against …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 oppress — [ə pres′] vt. [ME oppressen < OFr oppresser < ML oppressare < L oppressus, pp. of opprimere, to press against < ob (see OB ) + premere,PRESS1] 1. to weigh heavily on the mind, spirits, or senses of; worry; trouble 2. to keep down by… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 oppress — oppressible, adj. oppressor, n. /euh pres /, v.t. 1. to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism. 2. to lie heavily upon (the… …

    Universalium

  • 9 oppress — UK [əˈpres] / US verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms oppress : present tense I/you/we/they oppress he/she/it oppresses present participle oppressing past tense oppressed past participle oppressed 1) to treat people who are less powerful… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 oppress — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. persecute, burden, crush, afflict, grieve, load, de press; overbear, compress, overtax, overburden; tyrannize. See malevolence, badness, severity, subjection, wrong. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. trouble …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 oppress — [[t]əpre̱s[/t]] oppresses, oppressing, oppressed 1) VERB To oppress people means to treat them cruelly, or to prevent them from having the same opportunities, freedom, and benefits as others. [be V ed] These people often are oppressed by the… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 oppress — verb 1》 keep in subjection and hardship. 2》 make distressed or anxious. Derivatives oppression noun oppressor noun Origin ME: from OFr. oppresser, from med. L. oppressare, from L. oppress , opprimere press against …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 oppress — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere, from ob against + premere to press more at ob , press Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic suppress b. to crush or burden by… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 oppress — verb a) To keep down by force Most mercilesse of women, VVyden hight, / Her other sonne fast sleeping did oppresse, / And with most cruell hand him murdred pittilesse. b) To make sad or gloomy The rural poor were oppressed by the land owners. See …

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  • 15 oppress — Synonyms and related words: abuse, addict, afflict, aggrieve, anguish, bear hard upon, beat down, beset, break, break down, bring to tears, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, burden, burthen, busy, cast down, castrate, charge, clamp down on, coerce,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 oppress — op|press [əˈpres] v [T often passive] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere to press against ] 1.) to treat a group of people unfairly or cruelly, and prevent them from having the same… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 oppress — op|press [ ə pres ] verb transitive often passive 1. ) to treat people who are less powerful in an unfair and cruel way: The Orthodox Church had been ruthlessly oppressed during Stalin s regime. 2. ) to make someone feel very worried or unhappy …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 oppress — see PRESS …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 oppress — op·press || É™ pres v. repress; suppress; tyrannize …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 oppress — v. a. 1. Load, burden, weigh heavily upon, bear hard upon. 2. Overburden, crush, overwhelm, overpower, subdue. 3. Persecute, wrong, maltreat, treat cruelly, tyrannize over …

    New dictionary of synonyms