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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • There was the most terrible oppression, injustice, poverty worse than anything we can imagine.
  • The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.

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  • Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.
  • Before the Revolution they had been hideously oppressed by the capitalists, they had been starved and flogged, women had been forced to work in the coal mines (women still did work in the coal mines, as a matter of fact), children had been sold into the factories at the age of six.
  • What most oppressed him was the consciousness of his own intellectual inferiority.

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as in: oppressive government Define
to dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government") or: to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
as in: oppressive heat Define
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
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