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oppress
used in Frankenstein

2 meanings, 13 uses
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1  —2 uses 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
  • My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction.
    Chapter 16 (69% in)
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.)
  • 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.
    Chapter 14 (73% in)
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.)
There are no more uses of "oppress" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —11 uses as in:
oppressive heat
Definition
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • 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.
    Chapter 24 (44% in)
oppressed = weighed down by distress
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • But he is generally melancholy and despairing, and sometimes he gnashes his teeth, as if impatient of the weight of woes that oppresses him.
    Introductory Letters (66% in)
  • oppresses = distresses
  • 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.
    Chapter 4 (97% in)
  • oppressed = made uncomfortable
  • 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.
    Chapter 11 (6% in)
  • oppressive = uncomfortable and disturbing

    (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.)
  • 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.
    Chapter 11 (25% in)
  • oppressed = made 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.
    Chapter 16 (74% in)
  • oppressed = made uncomfortable
  • I was alone; none were near me to dissipate the gloom and relieve me from the sickening oppression of the most terrible reveries.
    Chapter 20 (17% in)
  • oppression = mental discomfort (distress and worry)

    (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.)
  • 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.
    Chapter 20 (50% in)
  • 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.)
  • Oppressed by the recollection of my various misfortunes, I now swallowed double my usual quantity and soon slept profoundly.
    Chapter 21 (96% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 23 (23% in)
  • oppressed = distressed
  • 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.
    Chapter 24 (29% in)
oppressed = distressed
There are no more uses of "oppress" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®