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oppress
used in 1984 by Orwell

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —4 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
  • There was the most terrible oppression, injustice, poverty worse than anything we can imagine.
    p. 89.8
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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
    p. 70.9
  • oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
  • The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they are oppressed.
    p. 207.5
  • 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.
    p. 207.6
oppressed = treated harshly and unfairly
There are no more uses of "oppress" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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2  —1 use as in:
oppressive heat
Definition
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • What most oppressed him was the consciousness of his own intellectual inferiority.
    p. 256.1
oppressed = weighed heavily on the senses or spirit
There are no more uses of "oppress" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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