Part of speech: verb

To govern severely and unjustly; weigh down; burden; depress.

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Usage examples "oppress":

  1. That the oppression wherewith they oppress us- but there. - "The Northern Iron 1907", George A. Birmingham.
  2. Also, if rich men had oppressed poor men all through the course of history, it was exceedingly probable that rich women would also oppress poor women. - "Gilbert Keith Chesterton", Maisie Ward.
  3. If we are enemies because you choose to oppress our people, I cannot help it; but we will still be brothers. - "Taken by the Enemy", Oliver Optic.