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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Oppress  \Op*press"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Oppressed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Oppressing}.]  [F.  oppresser,  LL  oppressare,  fr  L. 
  oppressus  p.  p.  of  opprimere  ob  (see  {Ob-})  +  premere  to 
  press.  See  {Press}.] 
  1.  To  impose  excessive  burdens  upon  to  overload;  hence  to 
  treat  with  unjust  rigor  or  with  cruelty.  --Wyclif. 
 
  For  thee,  oppress[`e]d  king,  am  I  cast  down  --Shak. 
 
  Behold  the  kings  of  the  earth;  how  they  oppress  Thy 
  chosen  !  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  ravish;  to  violate.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  To  put  down  to  crush  out  to  suppress.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  mutiny  he  there  hastes  to  oppress.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  produce  a  sensation  of  weight  in  (some  part  of  the 
  body);  as  my  lungs  are  oppressed  by  the  damp  air;  excess 
  of  food  oppresses  the  stomach. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  oppress 
  v  1:  come  down  on  "The  government  oppresses  political  activists" 
  [syn:  {suppress},  {crush}] 
  2:  cause  to  suffer;  "Jews  were  persecuted  in  the  former  Soviet 
  Union"  [syn:  {persecute},  {harass}] 




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