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- The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
- 1614, Walter Ralegh [i.e., Walter Raleigh], The Historie of the World […], London: […] William Stansby for Walter Burre, […], OCLC 37026674, (please specify |book=1 to 5):
- Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings […] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves […]
- The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.
- The oppression of the poor by the aristocracy was one cause of the French Revolution.
- A feeling of being oppressed.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter VII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
- […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
- Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.
- the English vice (oppression of the poor)
act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed
feeling of being oppressed
- “oppression” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “oppression” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
oppression f (plural oppressions)