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oppress as in:  oppressive government

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  • My work environment is oppressive.
    oppressive = harsh and unfair
  • "Us who?" he asks.
    "Black people, minorities, poor people. Everybody at the bottom in society."
    "The oppressed," says Daddy.   (source)
    oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • In it, I read that my people, the Pashtuns, had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • The TSA guy at the front of the line was shouting about how our bags had better not contain explosives or firearms or anything liquid over three ounces, and I said to Augustus, "Observation: Standing in line is a form of oppression," and he said, "Seriously."   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • Mom thought I should be writing exposés about oppressive landlords, social injustice, and the class struggle on the Lower East Side.   (source)
    oppressive = harsh and unfair
  • During his senior year at Woodson, he became obsessed with racial oppression in South Africa.   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • It is thus unsurprising that camp guards, occupying the lowest station in a military that applauded brutality, would vent their frustrations on the helpless men under their authority. Japanese historians call this phenomenon "transfer of oppression."   (source)
  • Mrs. Merriweather's large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed.   (source)
    oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • On us--the most oppressed, unfortunate and pitiable people in all the world.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.   (source)
    oppression = the denial equal rights to others
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  • All vestiges of the feudal system with its oppression of the poor were abolished.   (source)
    oppression = unfair treatment
  • Confederate soldiers' letters and diaries continued in 1864 and even into 1865 to abound with such expressions as this "gigantic struggle for liberty," for "the great Democratic principles of States' Rights and States' Sovereignty," for "the dear rights of freemen" against "tyranny and oppression," ...   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • There was the most terrible oppression, injustice, poverty worse than anything we can imagine.   (source)
  • Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother,   (source)
    oppress = treat harshly and unfairly
  • One of the girls had read somewhere that a red flag was the proper symbol for oppressed workers, and so they mounted one, and paraded all about the yards, yelling with rage.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • 'tis my fate to be always ground into the mire under the iron heel of oppression.   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • It is the only weapon of the weak and oppressed against the strength of their tyrants.   (source)
    oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction.   (source)
    oppressive = harsh and unfair
  • To be the friend of the poor and the oppressed!   (source)
    oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
  • In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.   (source)
    oppressions = harsh and unfair treatments
  • Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions.   (source)
    oppressions = harsh and unfair treatment
  • ...the people do not wish to be ruled nor oppressed by the nobles,   (source)
    oppressed = dominated harshly and unfairly
  • Here, though, there are no oppressors.†   (source)
  • Two torn shoes, the symbol of immorality, were hung around her neck, along with a sign that read, SANG HONG-ZHEN, OPPRESSOR OF THE YOUNG, DESERVES TEN THOUSAND DEATHS.†   (source)
  • If ever you waver in your resolve, think of the Mockingjay, and in her you will find the strength you need to rid Panem of its oppressors.†   (source)
  • The love he had for his people and the hatred he had for their oppressor were too vast for the wolf's body, too human.†   (source)
  • A few days ago she gave a speech about uniting against our oppressors, the people outside.†   (source)
  • They were our first oppressors.†   (source)
  • At the time, I looked on the white man not as an oppressor but as a benefactor, and I thought the chief was enormously ungrateful.†   (source)
  • Yet, that acknowledged, it's also true that one reason religion is blamed is that it is often cited by the oppressors.†   (source)
  • A lot of academic talk just immobilizes the oppressed and maintains oppressors in their positions of power.†   (source)
  • That leaves the mostly white, heterosexual guys—"the oppressor group," Cedric remembers Kim Sherman saying at the diversity workshop-who have nowhere to go.†   (source)
  • His destiny is to rise, to help his people overthrow their oppressors.†   (source)
  • No one would have admitted that the Christian and charitable people were happy to think of their oppressors' turning forever on the Devil's spit over the flames of fire and brimstone.†   (source)
  • Oppressors always make rules restricting people's movements, communication, history, teachings ...Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot.†   (source)
  • If I say that Santiago de las Vegas looks like a nice hacienda with a lot of labs and medical facilities, I'm a tool of the Cuban oppressors.†   (source)
  • "The joy of our friends in Boston, on seeing the victorious and gallant troops of their country enter the town almost on the heels of their barbarous oppressors was inexplicably great," reported the New Haven Journal.†   (source)
  • Sharif responded that the invaders were "freedom fighters," operating independently of Pakistan's military, who had spontaneously decided to join the fight to free Kashmir's Muslims from their Hindu oppressors.†   (source)
  • She knew about Stockholm syndrome, an acute sociopathic response to intense trauma, usually expressed by victims identifying with, even siding with, their oppressors.†   (source)
  • Was this her idea of "throwing off the yoke of oppressor man?"†   (source)
  • Actor-oppressor, for years you have lived above the common people and looked down on their labor.†   (source)
  • Was a quick mutiny, quickly subdued, in Peace Dragoons regiment from which our late oppressors had come, one started by rumor that they were to be shipped to Moon.†   (source)
  • Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor.†   (source)
  • It would be pleasant to speak a language other than that of an oppressor.†   (source)
  • He showed himself again as the friend of the people, the petit peuple, as he liked to call them, and he punished their oppressors.†   (source)
  • On that warm gray morning in the mountains, Zhivago felt sorry for the Tsar, was disturbed at the thought that such diffident reserve and shyness could be the essential characteristics of an oppressor, that a man so weak could imprison, hang, or pardon.†   (source)
  • The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • Indeed, so long as they are not permitted to have standards of comparison, they never even become aware that they are oppressed.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • The voice of the oppressed, pronouncing the doom of oppression!   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly; or people treated harshly and unfairly
  • Of them that are oppressed and have no comforter!   (source)
  • The voice of the oppressed, pronouncing the doom of oppression!   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • That it will be by the power of your naked bosoms, opposed to the rage of oppression!   (source)
  • For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,   (source)
    oppressor = one who dominates others harshly and unfairly
  • I am defending the word of God—which is one long cry of the human spirit for deliverance from the sway of oppression.   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • And they could do nothing, they were tied hand and foot—the law was against them, the whole machinery of society was at their oppressors' command!   (source)
    oppressors = people who deny equal rights to others or make them suffer  OR  people who dominate others harshly and unfairly
  • Government oppressed the body of the wage-slave, but Religion oppressed his mind, and poisoned the stream of progress at its source.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly; or people treated harshly and unfairly
  • Of the everlasting soul of Man, arising from the dust; breaking its way out of its prison—rending the bands of oppression and ignorance—groping its way to the light!   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • Months pass, years maybe—and then you come again; and again I am here to plead with you, to know if want and misery have yet done their work with you, if injustice and oppression have yet opened your eyes!   (source)
  • Singular as it may seem, Jurgis was making a desperate effort to understand what the senator was saying—to comprehend the extent of American prosperity, the enormous expansion of American commerce, and the Republic's future in the Pacific and in South America, and wherever else the oppressed were groaning.   (source)
    oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly; or people treated harshly and unfairly
  • There was an unfolding of vistas before him, a breaking of the ground beneath him, an upheaving, a stirring, a trembling; he felt himself suddenly a mere man no longer—there were powers within him undreamed of, there were demon forces contending, agelong wonders struggling to be born; and he sat oppressed with pain and joy, while a tingling stole down into his finger tips, and his breath came hard and fast.   (source)
  • Felix soon learned that the treacherous Turk, for whom he and his family endured such unheard-of oppression, on discovering that his deliverer was thus reduced to poverty and ruin, became a traitor to good feeling and honour and had quitted Italy with his daughter, insultingly sending Felix a pittance of money to aid him, as he said, in some plan of future maintenance.   (source)
    oppression = harsh and unfair treatment
  • An oddly familiar voice was shouting, "Down with the oppressor Sang Hong-zhen!†   (source)
  • The barons were both enemies of the sovereign and oppressors of the common people.†   (source)
  • When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.†   (source)
  • If the oppressor uses violence, the oppressed have no alternative but to respond violently.†   (source)
  • Students did not want to learn and teachers did not want to teach in the language of the oppressor.†   (source)
  • Under the circumstances, they would have regarded me as a collaborator of the oppressor.†   (source)
  • The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.†   (source)
  • You yourself just used the word "oppressor."†   (source)
  • To the long list of indictments against the King, he had added oneassailing the English people, "our British brethren," as a further oppressor, for allowing their Parliament and their King "to send over not only soldiers of our common blood, but Scotch and foreign mercenaries to invade and destroy us."†   (source)
  • Because someone might think you're racistCaucasian is the oppressor group," says Kim Sherman, quickly picking up the multicultural lexicon.†   (source)
  • I suppose I should have realized that few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action.†   (source)
  • Oppressors?†   (source)
  • They can defend their rights more easily than the debased subjects of a tyrant can rescue their rights from their oppressors.†   (source)
  • The Achaeans were reduced to the dilemma of submitting to Cleomenes or requesting the aid of Macedon, its former oppressor.†   (source)
  • I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.†   (source)
  • I was in a different and smaller arena, an arena for whom the only audience was ourselves and our oppressors.†   (source)
  • I countered by saying that in fact nonviolence had failed us, for it had done nothing to stem the violence of the state nor change the heart of our oppressors.†   (source)
  • I responded that the state was responsible for the violence and that it is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle.†   (source)
  • I was the symbol of justice in the court of the oppressor, the representative of the great ideals of freedom, fairness, and democracy in a society that dishonored those virtues.†   (source)
  • How could poor backward Poland (Sophie often heard him say), losing its identity with clockwork regularity to oppressor after oppressor—especially the barbarous Russians, who were now also in the grip of the Communist antichrist—find salvation and cultural grace except through the intercession of Germany, which had so magnificently fused a historic tradition of mythic radiance and the supertechnology of the twentieth century, creating a prophetic synthesis for lesser nations to turn to?†   (source)
  • Thus when Sophie originally spun out her fairy tale regarding her father's hazardous mission to protect some Jews of Lublin, she surely must have known that she was not asking me to believe the impossible; that Poles on numberless occasions in the near and distant past risked their lives to save Jews from whatever oppressor is a simple matter of fact beyond argument, and even though at that time I had small information about such things, I was not inclined to doubt Sophie, who, struggling with the demon of her own schizoid conscience, chose to throw upon the Professor a falsely beneficent, even heroic light.†   (source)
  • Since then, we have begun to see why our Oppressor was so secretive.†   (source)
  • More than that, she did not accuse her oppressors.†   (source)
  • Theoretically—and secretly, of course—I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British.†   (source)
  • Hamblett it was) was already making his speech of indictment when your grandfather entered, utilising opportunity and audience to orate, his eyes already glazed with that cessation of vision of people who like to hear themselves talk in public: 'At this time, while our country is struggling to rise from beneath the iron heel of a tyrant oppressor, when the very future of the South as a place bearable for our women and children to live in depends on the labor of our own hands, when the tools which we have to use, to depend on, are the pride and integrity and forbearance of black men and the pride and integrity and forbearance of white; that you, I say, a white man a white—' and you†   (source)
  • Whereas the former—the youngest or despised child who becomes the master of extraordinary powers—prevails over his personal oppressors, the latter brings back from his adventure the means for the regeneration of his society as a whole.†   (source)
  • ...Oppressors of the poor and needy ...!†   (source)
  • I name fanatics, followers, blind women, oppressors, thieves, ranchers, rustlers, riders.†   (source)
  • I don't want the mother to embrace the oppressor who threw her son to the dogs!†   (source)
  • I'm the oppressed, and there are my oppressors!†   (source)
  • And behold the tears of such as are oppressed; and on the side of their oppressors there was power.†   (source)
  • Then: "I quite agree—life is too short to cherish grievances, also I'm relieved you feel able to come into line with the Oppressors of India to some extent.†   (source)
  • And I know not which be darker,—no, not I. But this I know: in yonder Vale of the Humble stand to-day a million swarthy men, who willingly would "...bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes,"— all this and more would they bear did they but know that this were sacrifice and not a meaner thing.†   (source)
  • There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor...The small and the great are there; and the servant is free from his master.†   (source)
  • And how prosecute you him who in action is a deceiver and an oppressor, Yet who also is aggrieved and outraged?†   (source)
  • There is no escape through law of man or God from the inevitable:— The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with oppressed; And close as sin and suffering joined We march to fate abreast.†   (source)
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oppress as in:  oppressive heat

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  • She is oppressed by her insecurity.
    oppressed = made uncomfortable (it weighs heavily on the spirit)
  • The silence settled, undisturbed, oppressive.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • I had been granted unusual freedom and responsibility at an early age, for which I should have been grateful in the extreme, but I wasn't. Instead, I felt oppressed by the old man's expectations.   (source)
    oppressed = uncomfortably burdened
  • An oppressive weight settled on Louie as he flew away from Funafuti.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • And all at once the sun was uncomfortably hot, the dust oppressive, and the meager grass along its edges somewhat ragged and forlorn.   (source)
  • Nevertheless there was a sense of openness, a feel of a gentle breeze moving lightly about, that kept the darkness from being oppressive.   (source)
    oppressive = distressing
  • An oppressive odor met us when we crossed the threshold, an odor I had met many times in rain-rotted gray houses where there are coal-oil lamps, water dippers, and unbleached domestic sheets.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable
  • Buoyed up, I forgot my usual feeling of routine self-pity when working out, I lost myself, oppressed mind along with aching body; all entanglements were shed, I broke into the clear.   (source)
    oppressed = made uncomfortable (weighed heavily upon)
  • 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.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • My nerves often get the better of me, especially on Sundays; that's when I really feel miserable. The atmosphere is stifling, sluggish, leaden. How much longer will this increasingly oppressive, unbearable weight press I down on us?   (source)
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  • What most oppressed him was the consciousness of his own intellectual inferiority.   (source)
    oppressed = weighed heavily on the senses or spirit
  • We'd gone riding up one of those revolting mountains, and it was horribly hot and oppressive, and after lunch we went to sleep.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable
  • Jordan and Tom and I got into the front seat of Gatsby's car, Tom pushed the unfamiliar gears tentatively, and we shot off into the oppressive heat, leaving them out of sight behind.   (source)
  • Then the heat sinks heavily into our shell-holes like a jelly fish, moist and oppressive, and on one of these late summer days, while bringing food, Kat falls.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • He was oppressed with a sense of calamity happening, if it were not calamity already happened; and as he crossed the last watershed and dropped down into the valley toward camp, he proceeded with greater caution.   (source)
    oppressed = distressed
  • There is a strange heaviness in the air. I say heaviness for want of a better word. I mean that it oppresses us both. It is very cold, and only our warm furs keep us comfortable.   (source)
    oppresses = weighs heavily on the senses or spirit
  • ...who sleep in the big armchairs, made drowsy by the oppressive heat of the stove.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • a mental disorder which oppressed him   (source)
    oppressed = weighed heavily on the senses or spirit
  • I did not mention the constant feeling of insecurity which oppressed my spirits.   (source)
    oppressed = made uncomfortable (weighed heavily on)
  • This sentiment of the worth of my nature supported me when others would have been oppressed, for I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow creatures.   (source)
    oppressed = weighed down by distress
  • ...his spirits often oppress me;   (source)
    oppress = make uncomfortable
  • The silence grew oppressive and Piggy held his breath.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • The air hung hot and still, oppressive with the stench of human waste.   (source)
  • The going never gets exceedingly difficult, but the fifteen-foot-high tangle of alder pressing in from both sides is gloomy, claustrophobic, oppressive.   (source)
  • Outside, you don't hear a single bird, and a deathly, oppressive silence hangs over the house and clings to me as if it were going to drag me into the deepest regions of the underworld.   (source)
  • The cockpit was oppressively cramped, forcing pilot and copilot to live cheek by jowl for missions as long as sixteen hours.   (source)
    oppressively = uncomfortably
  • He did not know why, but he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity.   (source)
    oppressed = distressed
  • There were dark, rolling clouds overhead, and in the air the heavy, oppressive sense of thunder.   (source)
    oppressive = fearful (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • Perhaps his presence gave the evening its peculiar quality of oppressiveness — it stands out in my memory from Gatsby's other parties that summer. There were the same people, or at least the same sort of people, the same profusion of champagne, the same many-colored, many-keyed commotion, but I felt an unpleasantness in the air, a pervading harshness that hadn't been there before.   (source)
    oppressiveness = discomfort
  • It may have been that the need of natural sleep, and the strange oppression of the air were beginning to overcome me.   (source)
    oppression = discomfort (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • Shortly before ten o'clock the stillness of the air grew quite oppressive, and the silence was so marked that the bleating of a sheep inland or the barking of a dog in the town was distinctly heard, and the band on the pier, with its lively French air, was like a dischord in the great harmony of nature's silence.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • The air was oppressive.   (source)
  • The light became more and more oppressive to me, and the heat wearying me as I walked, I sought a place where I could receive shade.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable and disturbing
  • She looked at him, but he was leaning back, sunk in a deeper gloom than ever, and with eyes closed, as if the view of cheerfulness oppressed him, and the lovely scenes of home must be shut out.   (source)
    oppressed = weighed heavily on the senses or spirit
  • Sir Thomas ... came forward with a kindness which astonished and penetrated her, calling her his dear Fanny, kissing her affectionately, and observing with decided pleasure how much she was grown! Fanny knew not how to feel, nor where to look. She was quite oppressed.   (source)
    oppressed = made uncomfortable
  • Oppressed by the recollection of my various misfortunes, I now swallowed double my usual quantity and soon slept profoundly.   (source)
    oppressed = distressed
  • Still, however, Fanny was oppressed and wearied; he saw it in her looks, it could not be talked away; and attempting it no more, he led her directly, with the kind authority of a privileged guardian, into the house.   (source)
    oppressed = uncomfortable
  • I was alone; none were near me to dissipate the gloom and relieve me from the sickening oppression of the most terrible reveries.   (source)
    oppression = mental discomfort (distress and worry)
  • But he is generally melancholy and despairing, and sometimes he gnashes his teeth, as if impatient of the weight of woes that oppresses him.   (source)
    oppresses = distresses
  • Quite unlike his usual self, he scarcely said anything. He was evidently oppressed, and Fanny must grieve for him, though hoping she might never see him again till he were the husband of some other woman.   (source)
    oppressed = uncomfortably burdened
  • Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime.   (source)
    oppressed = made uncomfortable
  • She sat in a blaze of oppressive heat, in a cloud of moving dust, and her eyes could only wander from the walls, marked by her father's head, to the table cut and notched by her brothers, where stood the tea-board never thoroughly cleaned, the cups and saucers wiped in streaks, the milk a mixture of motes floating in thin blue, and the bread and butter growing every minute more greasy than even Rebecca's hands had first produced it.   (source)
    oppressive = uncomfortable
  • I was oppressed by fatigue and hunger and far too unhappy to enjoy the gentle breezes of evening or the prospect of the sun setting behind the stupendous mountains of Jura.   (source)
    oppressed = made uncomfortable
  • One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it.   (source)
  • Warm tears filled my eyes, which I hastily wiped away, that they might not intercept the view I had of the daemon; but still my sight was dimmed by the burning drops, until, giving way to the emotions that oppressed me, I wept aloud.   (source)
    oppressed = distressed
  • When I recovered I found myself surrounded by the people of the inn; their countenances expressed a breathless terror, but the horror of others appeared only as a mockery, a shadow of the feelings that oppressed me.   (source)
  • The sleep into which I now sank refreshed me; and when I awoke, I again felt as if I belonged to a race of human beings like myself, and I began to reflect upon what had passed with greater composure; yet still the words of the fiend rang in my ears like a death-knell; they appeared like a dream, yet distinct and oppressive as a reality.   (source)
    oppressive = distressing
  • Or art thou but
    A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
    Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?   (source)
    oppressed = uncomfortably burdened
  • Too great oppression for a tender thing.   (source)
    oppression = weighing heavily on the spirit
  • Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes,   (source)
  • And doleful dumps the mind oppress,   (source)
    oppress = weigh heavily on the spirit
  • At thy good heart's oppression.   (source)
    oppression = weighing heavily on the spirit
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  • The red star on the album's cover was the symbol of the Solar Federation, the oppressive interstellar society in the story.†   (source)
  • Another reason Mychal and I were doomed—he doesn't want to have sex unless he's in love, and yes, I know that virginity is a misogynistic and oppressive social construct, but I still want to lose it, and meanwhile I've got this boy hemming and hawing like we're in a Jane Austen novel.†   (source)
  • The constant itching combined with the oppressive heat made me truly appreciate modern touches like powerful air conditioners and screen doors.†   (source)
  • In our time, we may witness the end of ignorance, the end of oppression, and the advent of the brotherhood of man.†   (source)
  • I tried to be myself; I've always considered myself gregarious but not oppressive.†   (source)
  • Her longing for him was overpowering, the silence of the room oppressive.†   (source)
  • There was an oppressive atmosphere in the room, and I wanted my daughter out.†   (source)
  • My voice strains to be louder than the laughter all around me, the laughter that oppresses me as much as the heat.†   (source)
  • But they are not completely unequipped—they also have the history of determined, improvisational survival, a legacy of generations who fought through even more oppressive circumstances.†   (source)
  • The sight brings on an oppressive sadness that no car about to hit you or water about to drown you can match.†   (source)
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  • You can't effectively fight abusive power, poverty, inequality, illness, oppression, or injustice and not be broken by it.†   (source)
  • The Hazaras, with their long history of being oppressed and neglected, seethed.†   (source)
  • Only freedom from oppression, sir.†   (source)
  • Another oppressively hot day.†   (source)
  • Not once, in over a thousand pages, does Hogwarts, A History mention that we are all colluding in the oppression of a hundred slaves!†   (source)
  • Despite a long history of oppression the 1960s civil rights movement in Savannah was almost entirely nonviolent.†   (source)
  • Abruptly, the engine stopped, and an oppressive calm replaced the previous cacophony.†   (source)
  • The electric lights in the ceiling are far apart, and the silence in the huge space is oppressive.†   (source)
  • The fantastic stories he'd invented about his life during the war—the monsters, the enchanted island—had become completely, oppressively real to him.†   (source)
  • The pressure on those who hadn't gone transparent went from polite to oppressive.†   (source)
  • Owen seemed to find the inside of his house as strange and oppressive as I did.†   (source)
  • It is oppressive in the living room, bugs ping against the black squares of windows.†   (source)
  • The day felt heavy and oppressive as he crossed the bailey back to the Tower of the Hand.†   (source)
  • 'It's a psychiatric disorder that can occur following an experience in which a person is oppressed or victimized.†   (source)
  • Oppressing you, trapping you in an endless cycle of poverty and death, just because we think you are different from us?†   (source)
  • The girl squirmed in her oppression and stood.†   (source)
  • Our neighbors: "An idiot in tight pants; oppressed by that prig of a husband; typically provincial and judgmental of everyone."†   (source)
  • Having Gertrudis and her troops staying at the house had not made Tita feel oppressed by extra work, instead it had provided her with a real peace.†   (source)
  • Romances blossomed despite the oppression that surrounded us.†   (source)
  • Somehow he'd convinced himself that by keeping everyone around him oppressed and quiet, he was doing us all a favor.†   (source)
  • One of the heroes admired by all, who helped Chairman Mao liberate China from oppression and defeated the Americans in Korea.†   (source)
  • Today, however, the weather was oppressively hot, and Jack sat near the cash register, fanning himself.†   (source)
  • In the previous weeks, hundreds of his accomplices in the oppression of Panem have been tried and now await their own deaths.†   (source)
  • My mother had often told me how flat it was where she'd grown up so flat you could see cyclones spinning across the prairies for miles —but still I couldn't quite believe the vastness of it, the unrelieved sky, so huge that you felt crushed and oppressed by the infinite.†   (source)
  • As the sun sets and the oppressive heat breaks, he hears crickets and frogs begin their music and join the migrant chorus.†   (source)
  • Of centuries of oppression.†   (source)
  • But China and Japan never developed that kind of oppressive feudal system, because feudalism simply can't work in a rice economy.†   (source)
  • They would squint into the dense, oppressive sunlight.†   (source)
  • It felt oppressive being alone underground, especially with the low rock ceiling.†   (source)
  • The fog had almost dissolved by the end of the second hour, but the day was still dark with low, oppressing clouds.†   (source)
  • When he clicked the light off, the darkness seemed less oppressive, the starlight brighter.†   (source)
  • It's not enough to accuse, to wail and spit on the face of all oppression — this can be ignored," Skin said.†   (source)
  • The air in the place felt heavy and oppressive, with an attending chill that fought to take his breath away.†   (source)
  • Her heartbeat becomes oppressive and she can't breathe, so she flees the cave as quickly as she can and takes a good while to calm down.†   (source)
  • That's good, isn't it, for the oppressed?†   (source)
  • It has a smell to it, that word — musky and oppressive, like dead flowers in a vase.†   (source)
  • It sounds oppressive by today's standards, but it was actually a magical childhood.†   (source)
  • Oppressive silence-his eardrums uncringe-the window is buzzing with the cry of the smoke alarm.†   (source)
  • If methods of administration and government, the oppression of the local people and the operations of the G.Sta.†   (source)
  • The winter was cold, but the summer was worse because the heat was so oppressive and the mosquitoes bit all night long.†   (source)
  • The fug of body odour, perfume and laundry soap hangs oppressively above bowed, damp heads.†   (source)
  • The sadness of the dream she hadn't been able to shake, and the heat oppressed her as she went about the chores.†   (source)
  • After the oppressive heat, it felt deliciously cool, and he ran his wet fingers through his hair, feeling water droplets roll down his neck.†   (source)
  • Even when Seivarden had been in one of her sulking moods it hadn't seemed this oppressively silent.†   (source)
  • She felt she was beginning to belong, and when one told her about the option of living at the cooperative, and that she could avail herself of it if her family was oppressing her, or, another added quickly, even if she just felt like a change, the possibility struck Nadia with a shock of recognition, as though a door was opening up, a door in this case shaped like a room.†   (source)
  • Bright daylight disappeared and was replaced by brown shadows, coolness, and the oppressive smell of talcum powder.†   (source)
  • Call it oppression, complicity, stupefaction, call it what you like, it doesn't matter.†   (source)
  • I'm not going to get sucked into that patriarchal institutional oppression again.†   (source)
  • Most had come from war-ravaged regions where the police and other authority figures were not only untrustworthy but frequently active agents of oppression.†   (source)
  • I felt oppressed and weak suddenly.†   (source)
  • It was on top of her, an oppressive, slimy weight that made her want to gag.†   (source)
  • He put the bath off for later, not because of the cold and the dampness, but because of the oppressive October mist.†   (source)
  • Do you think the oppressed groups should just stop their complaining?†   (source)
  • Not only was it beyond dark outside, the perpetual mist had turned into an oppressive drizzle.†   (source)
  • So that's the reason for the oppression now.†   (source)
  • My trunk was carried through shadowy hallways to a guest room that was richly furnished but oppressively dark.†   (source)
  • That was how her mother had always been, difficult, oppressive, and odd.†   (source)
  • Sometimes I'll zone out for a few minutes, and all of a sudden she'll be talking about underwear in the eighteenth century or oppression in Africa or the way the sun looks rising over the Grand Canyon.†   (source)
  • Esteban felt oppressed by it.†   (source)
  • Abandoned possessions were everywhere, oppressive and soul-worrying, creating a weather of their own among the exposed beams and posts, the fiberglass insulation pads.†   (source)
  • Engines howling, wheels spinning, they proceeded through the forest at the pace of a walk, in continual rain and oppressive heat.†   (source)
  • Suddenly, the silence became more oppressive.†   (source)
  • If the oppressor uses violence, the oppressed have no alternative but to respond violently.†   (source)
  • It's kind of oppressive, but I like that the air is wet.†   (source)
  • TRAVIS puts down his books with a great sigh of oppression, and crosses to the mirror†   (source)
  • This is not a tidy world of tyrannical men and victimized women, but a messier realm of oppressive social customs adhered to by men and women alike.†   (source)
  • It was like I could hear the echoes of Heath's screams in the oppressive silence of my room.†   (source)
  • Her memories were more oppressive than any cell walls.†   (source)
  • A lot of academic talk just immobilizes the oppressed and maintains oppressors in their positions of power.†   (source)
  • I found my library oppressive.†   (source)
  • The oppression of the workingman courses through Lee Harvey Oswald's veins.†   (source)
  • When Israel was in Egypt's land
    Let my people go
    Oppressed so hard, they could not stand
    Let my people go†   (source)
  • Jasper's obsession with drowning had begun to oppress them all.†   (source)
  • There was an oppressive stillness.†   (source)
  • It was a pretty night, still hot, but not oppressive.†   (source)
  • I'm alright on oppression.†   (source)
  • The van was hot, oppressive like the bus.†   (source)
  • A tale of overcoming oppression sells here and almost everywhere.†   (source)
  • Finally, when the silence between them began to feel oppressive, she slid her head onto the pillow to face him.†   (source)
  • There was an oppressive silence in the room.†   (source)
  • In Afghanistan, the oppressive Taliban government that provided a safe haven to Osama bin Laden and his fellow al Qaeda terrorists had surrendered ten months earlier, on December 5, 2001, after just two months of war.†   (source)
  • Please don't, Shade," remonstrated the girl, walking on fast, despite the oppressive heat of the evening.†   (source)
  • Without Grace, the house seemed so empty and its silence oppressive.†   (source)
  • The silence of the place, its brooding oppression, makes me want to scream.†   (source)
  • They do not oppress women in Iran.†   (source)
  • But on that onerous day, oppressed beyond relief, my own mortality was borne in upon me on sluggish tides of doom.†   (source)
  • The walls brightened, burnished to a red glow by the open fires and oppressive heat of a smithy.†   (source)
  • When Haiti finally seized independence at bayonet point in 1804, slavery ended, but oppression was only beginning.†   (source)
  • But the idea of being a member of an oppressed minority was very alluring.†   (source)
  • I found the room oppressively hot, so I blew out most of the candles and waited in the half darkness.†   (source)
  • In the oppressive summer heat in New York and on Long Island, camp fever had become epidemic.†   (source)
  • All about them as they lay hung the darkness, hollow and immense, and they were oppressed by the loneliness and vastness of the dolven halls and endlessly branching stairs and passages.†   (source)
  • But don't you feel, I don't know, oppressed, having to look out through that little slit?†   (source)
  • In the aftermath I lay shivering, bathed in oppressive heat.†   (source)
  • I am oppressed, Atticus.†   (source)
  • The wind died down and the heat became oppressive.†   (source)
  • I would have found that old woman's hand oppressive, but Snow Flower didn't push it away.†   (source)
  • History of Fashion SENIOR THESIS BY ELIZABETH NICHOLS Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.†   (source)
  • August in Florida means three things: heat, oppressive humidity, and school.†   (source)
  • The thought oppressed me, and I turned from it.†   (source)
  • The Jews were helping the nobility, but in doing so, in collecting taxes from the serfs and peasants, for example, they were building up against themselves the hatred of these oppressed classes.†   (source)
  • He was dressed casually but neatly in a jacket and sport shirt as though the oppressive heat had no effect on him and the jacket was somehow a requirement.†   (source)
  • Oppressive.†   (source)
  • The restaurant is dark; it has a heavy Mediterranean decor that Cal finds oppressive.†   (source)
  • The dark moon glowered over them, almost risen all the way, but it didn't seem to crowd the sky as oppressively as it had last night.†   (source)
  • Trust in my fellow men, wonder at their fundamental goodness, and confidence that after this night of sorrow and oppression, they will rise up strong and beautiful in the glory of morning.†   (source)
  • The air was humid, the smell oppressive.†   (source)
  • I was the walking delegate of this strike, the leader of the victims' rebellion, the defender of the oppressed, the disinherited, the exploited-and when I use these words, they have, for once, a literal meaning.†   (source)
  • His boleros and rancheras touched a chord in the poor and the oppressed.†   (source)
  • Lewis Tappan believed that slavery was wrong on moral terms, an affront to God Almighty, and that anyone who permitted slavery or racial prejudice to occur without protest sinned as greatly as those who embraced the evils of oppression.†   (source)
  • Lately I've been feeling like the great enemy of the oppressed.†   (source)
  • They looked not so much like prisoners as like oppressed workers.†   (source)
  • The heat remained oppressive, and the five-o'clock sky was still cloudless and blue, although not the profound blue that it had been earlier.†   (source)
  • Lesser men had felt that heat before, but it had oppressed them, because they weren't worthy of the trust they had been given.†   (source)
  • An aunt of mine remembers his coming to dinner and continually breaking into song, but many of his dark claustrophobic pieces in Residence on Earth were written here, poems that saw this landscape governed by a crowded surrealism—full of vegetable oppressiveness.†   (source)
  • Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.†   (source)
  • "Let the oppressed, who have a case at law, come and stand before this my image as King of righteousness," he wrote.†   (source)
  • If desire and opportunity coincide, neither moral nor religious values will control oppressive behavior.†   (source)
  • But the consensus of those who see the Horvath as poor and oppressed.†   (source)
  • I convinced myself that I was some kind of white knight, a trial lawyer who defended the rights of the accused against an oppressive government.†   (source)
  • Last month, Dean Sheeter (whose name usually transports Franny when I mention it) approached me with his gracious smile and bull whip, and I am now lecturing to the faculty, their wives, and a few oppressively deep-type undergraduates every Friday on Zen and Ma-hayana Buddhism.†   (source)
  • The oppressive heat of the lay has softened into a pleasant summer evening.†   (source)
  • Some oppressive quality in the room—its small size, or its overstuffed furniture, or its dimness compared to the sunlight out on the street—made Abby feel suddenly desperate to get away.†   (source)
  • Up here where it is possible to see forever, the lowlander's way of life seemed oppressive and limited.†   (source)
  • The silence was oppressive.†   (source)
  • That night, thin, bespectacled William Lloyd Garrison wrote on the wall of his cell: "William Lloyd Garrison was put into this cell on Monday afternoon, October 21, 1835, to save him from the violence of a respectable and influential mob, who sought to destroy him for preaching the abominable and dangerous doctrine that all men are created equal, and that all oppression is odious in the sight of God."†   (source)
  • If s strange, but since receiving your letter, I do not seem to find the sweet smell of death too oppressive.†   (source)
  • Would they see the immense melancholy that hung over the quarter, so oppressive that men had to dull their sensibilities in noise or wine or sex or gluttony in order to escape it?†   (source)
  • At the moment all Poland felt potentially oppressed.†   (source)
  • The hum of the motors dropped to a lower note for the first time in three weeks; within the hull the relative silence was almost oppressive.†   (source)
  • What oppressed him (and made him talk about his luck running out) was his inactivity.†   (source)
  • — The night was warm, almost oppressive, but the sky was clear and a brilliant moon hung low in the south-west.†   (source)
  • It has grown considerably darker in the room and it's oppressively still.†   (source)
  • Invariably, in the terms of this mythos, an evil brother would seize power and seek to oppress the good brothers.†   (source)
  • The trees are suddenly more oppressive, intolerably so.†   (source)
  • I couldn't bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me.†   (source)
  • Mr. Shiftlet felt oppressed.†   (source)
  • Without question, they were the gauntest, mangiest, slinkiest, and most oppressed group I had ever laid eyes on.†   (source)
  • Yet you're oppressed by them, too?†   (source)
  • He saw that they liked him, but could not rid himself of the sadness that oppressed him.†   (source)
  • The scene would have been pretty in a picture but was rather oppressive in real life.†   (source)
  • Who you writing to?' he asked, as oppressed suddenly by the silence as he had been by her talk.†   (source)
  • Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah — to "undo the heavy burdens...and let the oppressed go free."†   (source)
  • For the cries of pain and the hymns and protests of oppressed people have summoned into convocation all the majesty of this great government—the government of the greatest nation on earth.†   (source)
  • The prospective audience turned out in full oppression.†   (source)
  • It pressed downward, by some trick of the eye, oppressive, stifling, deadly.†   (source)
  • Stendahl drank it in, the dreariness, the oppression, the fetid vapors, the whole "atmosphere," so delicately contrived and fitted.†   (source)
  • Does the world really need a voice for the poor, the weak, the oppressed, the unborn child?†   (source)
  • It was early in the day, but the humidity was already oppressive.†   (source)
  • Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.†   (source)
  • Harry found the place and the silence oppressive, unnerving.†   (source)
  • The air outside sat as still and oppressive as the air inside.†   (source)
  • The Southern rebels would only oppress people further.†   (source)
  • Now there was no play, and the pool was not available, unstructured time oppressed them.†   (source)
  • How will stabbing one another in the back help women to rise above patriarchal oppression?†   (source)
  • Is Charmin oppressing you in some significant way?†   (source)
  • As a Rider, it was his duty to assist those without strength to resist Galbatorix's oppression.†   (source)
  • Each in their own way, both movements have fought against hardship and oppression.†   (source)
  • Tonight, the museum possessed an almost oppressive quality.†   (source)
  • Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?†   (source)
  • This would only make him oppress the population even more.†   (source)
  • Although the day had begun so fine and clear, by noon it had become very oppressive and glowering.†   (source)
  • Or that a new generation would see all this as ludicrous, oppressive, utterly out of control.†   (source)
  • But didn't it create a new form of oppression?†   (source)
  • The boy will know by that time how to oppress with impunity.†   (source)
  • People thought that poverty and oppression were the fault of ig-norance and supertition.†   (source)
  • Hawat spoke in a mild voice: "Don't you oppress any of your troops?†   (source)
  • "Oppression is a relative thing," Hawat said.†   (source)
  • Gurney turned away, feeling an oppressive sense of foreboding.†   (source)
  • "That conditions on the prison planet are more oppressive than anywhere else," Hawat said.†   (source)
  • People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.†   (source)
  • Again she felt a sense of oppression at the importance of water on Arrakis.†   (source)
  • But sitting here, she found the silence and the emptiness becoming more and more oppressive.†   (source)
  • Darkness lay all around them, heavy and oppressive.†   (source)
  • Of the moon and stars they saw no sign, no flash or pale gleam to breach the oppressive gloom.†   (source)
  • I feel Marcus's eyes on me like an oppressive weight threatening to crush me.†   (source)
  • Brittany volunteered for the oppressed class and now she won't take her armband off.†   (source)
  • Suddenly the chapel felt oppressive—thousands of hollow eye sockets staring at Nico.†   (source)
  • Max was happy to leave the oppressive damp behind.†   (source)
  • Eragon trembled as he struggled to cast off the Shade's oppressive presence.†   (source)
  • The summer air suddenly felt oppressive.†   (source)
  • And this was because white people had long oppressed black people.†   (source)
  • It was a little before dawn, but the oppression in the air had not lessened.†   (source)
  • The Coloureds, too, were oppressed, but unlike the Indians had no mother country except Africa.†   (source)
  • Their impassive features and ongoing silence were oppressive.†   (source)
  • Factious majorities would repeatedly oppress the people.†   (source)
  • But he had said nothing about a long, oppressive coat in the midst of hellish summer heat.†   (source)
  • From her present perspective, its main quality seemed to Annie to be oppression.†   (source)
  • The heat was still oppressive;, no place for it to escape with the doors and windows closed.†   (source)
  • The worst he knew was to be a poor person "oppressed by diseases."†   (source)
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