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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oppression  \Op*pres"sion\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  oppressio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  oppressing,  or  state  of  being  oppressed. 
  2.  That  which  oppresses;  a  hardship  or  injustice;  cruelty; 
  severity;  tyranny.  ``The  multitude  of  oppressions.''  --Job 
  xxxv.  9. 
  3.  A  sense  of  heaviness  or  obstruction  in  the  body  or  mind; 
  depression;  dullness;  lassitude;  as  an  oppression  of 
  spirits;  an  oppression  of  the  lungs. 
  There  gentlee  Sleep  First  found  me  and  with  soft 
  oppression  seized  My  drowsed  sense  --Milton. 
  4.  Ravishment;  rape.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  act  of  subjugating  by  cruelty  [syn:  {subjugation}] 
  2:  kept  down  by  unjust  use  of  force  or  authority:  "the  tyrant's 
  oppression  of  the  people" 
  3:  a  feeling  of  being  oppressed  [syn:  {oppressiveness}] 

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