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1. oppress

verb. ['əˈprɛs'] come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority.

Synonyms

  • quash
  • subdue
  • crush
  • keep down
  • subjugate
  • suppress
  • reduce

Antonyms

  • stay
  • validate
  • louden
  • consume

Etymology

  • oppressen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • oppresser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Oppress

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  • nonetheless
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  • reinvests
  • progress
  • kjos
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  • express'
  • express
  • distress
  • compress
  • cmos
  • adss
  • abts
  • uys
  • uss
  • undress
  • suppress
  • suggests
  • success
  • requests
  • repress
  • regress

Example sentences of the word oppress


1. Verb, base form
Both forms of government have the potential to oppress its people.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Unfortunately, these rights may not have much utility in a close corporation when majority shareholders oppress minority shareholders.

Quotes containing the word oppress


1. There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands awayNor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest takeWithout oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears a Human soul.
- Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems

2. The will of the people, moreover, practically means the will of the most numerous or the most active part of the people; the majority, or those who succeed in making themselves accepted as the majority; type people, consequently, may desire to oppress a part of their number; and precautions are as much needed against this as against any other abuse of power.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

2. oppress

verb. ['əˈprɛs'] cause to suffer.

Synonyms

  • rag
  • purge
  • bedevil
  • persecute
  • frustrate
  • crucify
  • dun

Antonyms

  • lose
  • decompression
  • hate
  • increase

Etymology

  • oppressen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • oppresser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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