What does the word oppression mean?

Usage examples for oppression

  1. 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 by Hermann Sudermann
  2. 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 by Teresa of Avila