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- oppress: see press
- oppress (v.)
- mid-14c., from Old French opresser "oppress, afflict; torment, smother" (13c.), from Medieval Latin oppressare, frequentative of Latin opprimere "press against, press together, press down;" figuratively "crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly" (in Late Latin "to rape"), from ob "against" (see ob-) + premere "to press, push" (see press (v.1)).
It is the due [external] restraint and not the moderation of rulers that constitutes a state of liberty; as the power to oppress, though never exercised, does a state of slavery. [St. George Tucker, "View of the Constitution of the United States," 1803]
Related: Oppressed; oppressing.
- 1. He states uncompromisingly that he is opposed to any practices which oppress animals.
- 2. The imperialists exploit and oppress all the peoples of the world.
- 3. A good ruler will not oppress the poor.
- 4. This is a dream in which things are all loose and they oppress.
- 5. They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance.
- 耶和华阿, 他们强压你的百姓, 苦害你的产业.
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