Part of speech: noun

Severe and cruel rule; tyranny.

Part of speech: noun

Mental or physical depression; languor.

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Usage examples "oppression":

  1. Irish oppression never could rely on mere physical force for any length of time. - "Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry", Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston.
  2. He noticed it at once, and as he walked towards the church- yard he breathed more freely, for the proud coachman with his fur cap, which he wore even in summer, always caused him a feeling of oppression. - "Dame Care", Hermann Sudermann.
  3. Sometimes I cannot remain sitting, so great is the oppression of the heart; and this pain comes on without my doing anything to cause it, and the nature of it is such that my soul would be glad never to be without it while I live. - "The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus", Teresa of Avila.