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Noun: oppression  u'pre-shun or ow'pre-shun
  1. The act of subjugating by cruelty
    "the tyrant's oppression of the people";
    - subjugation
     
  2. The state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority
    "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
     
  3. A feeling of being oppressed
    - oppressiveness, repressiveness

Derived forms: oppressions

Type of: depression, persecution, subjection, subjugation

Encyclopedia: Oppression