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oppress

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1  —as in:
oppressive government
Definition to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
  • The regime oppresses its people.
oppresses = harshly and unfairly dominates
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My work environment is oppressive.
  • oppressive = harsh and unfair
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    Elie Wiesel (Nobel Acceptance Speech)
  • Mom thought I should be writing exposés about oppressive landlords, social injustice, and the class struggle on the Lower East Side.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • oppressive = harsh and unfair
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • On us—the most oppressed, unfortunate and pitiable people in all the world.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • To be the friend of the poor and the oppressed!
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • Mrs. Merriweather's large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • We want the power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • oppressive = harsh and unfair
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • During his senior year at Woodson, he became obsessed with racial oppression in South Africa.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)

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2  —as in:
oppressive heat
Definition to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • The heat is oppressive.
oppressive = uncomfortable (weighs heavily on the senses or spirit)
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is oppressed by her insecurity.
  • oppressed = made uncomfortable (weighs heavily on the spirit)
  • The silence settled, undisturbed, oppressive.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • What most oppressed him was the consciousness of his own intellectual inferiority.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • oppressed = weighed heavily on the senses or spirit
  • And doleful dumps the mind oppress,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • oppress = weigh heavily on the spirit
  • Nevertheless there was a sense of openness, a feel of a gentle breeze moving lightly about, that kept the darkness from being oppressive.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • oppressive = distressing
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • ...his spirits often oppress me;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • oppress = make uncomfortable
  • We'd gone riding up one of those revolting mountains, and it was horribly hot and oppressive, and after lunch we went to sleep.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • oppressive = uncomfortable
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • An oppressive weight settled on Louie as he flew away from Funafuti.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • The silence of the forest was more oppressive than the heat, and at this hour of the day there was not even the whine of insects.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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