• IPA: /əˈpɹɛs/

oppress (oppresses, present participle oppressing; past and past participle oppressed)

  1. (transitive) To keep down by unjust force.
    The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.
  2. (transitive) To make sad or gloomy.
    We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) Physically to press down on (someone) with harmful effects; to smother, crush.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto X:
      Most mercilesse of women, VVyden hight, / Her other sonne fast sleeping did oppresse, / And with most cruell hand him murdred pittilesse.