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Definition of oppress:

  1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty.
  2. 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.
  3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress.
  4. To ravish; to violate.

Synonyms:

outrage, take liberties with, vex, mash, wrong, hamper, jam, shell, strain, lie on, worry, bother, subdue, overload, burden with, aggrieve, go ill with, saddle, happy, break down, put upon, annoy, depress, trample, study at wrong, beat, squelch, sadden, hound, keep down, bear hard upon, stamp down, handicap, right, demolish, abuse, squeeze, maltreat, bottle up, press down, beat out, depress, smother, encumber, beat down, crush, persecute, squash, wrong, dishearten, ride roughshod over, plague, suppress, trounce, dispirit, deject, smash, keep under, dispirit, weigh down, harass.

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