• IPA: /əˈpɹɛʃən/


  1. The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
    • Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings […] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves […]
  2. The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.
    The oppression of the poor by the aristocracy was one cause of the French Revolution.
  3. A feeling of being oppressed.
    Our oppression was lifted by the reappearance of the sun.
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