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oppress

op·press

oppress

pronunciation:
pres
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: oppressed, oppresses, oppressing
definition 1: to treat harshly, brutally, or unfairly.
They lived under a government that oppressed its people.The mine owners were clearly oppressing the workers.
synonyms:
abuse, tyrannize
similar words:
brutalize, grind, maltreat, mistreat, persecute, prosecute, ride roughshod over, subjugate
definition 2: to cause (someone) to be burdened, harried, or depressed.
Her heavy responsibilities oppress her.The heat and humidity oppressed us that summer.
synonyms:
overwhelm, weigh down
similar words:
bother, burden, deject, depress, discourage, dispirit, encumber, hamper, harass, harry, tax, trouble
derivation: oppressor (n.)
Word Parts
The word oppress contains the following part:
op- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix op- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "p," such as "pos." See ob-.
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