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Verb: oppress  u'pres or ow'pres
  1. Dominate or subjugate by unjust use of one's authority and power
    "The government oppresses political activists";
    - suppress, crush
     
  2. Cause to suffer
    "Jews were oppressed in the former Soviet Union";
    - persecute
     
  3. Make sad or gloomy
    "We were oppressed by the constant grey skies"

Derived forms: oppressed, oppresses, oppressing

Type of: bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

Encyclopedia: Oppress