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.
sadden, aggrieve, beat out, bear hard upon, beat down, right, harass, burden with, put upon, handicap, weigh down, bother, mash, break down, strain, take liberties with, trample, persecute, depress, hound, deject, keep under, squeeze, press down, dishearten, worry, happy, maltreat, crush, subdue, smash, overload, hamper, wrong, demolish, ride roughshod over, stamp down, jam, bottle up, lie on, squelch, plague, vex, study at wrong, abuse, annoy, smother, trounce, squash, shell, beat, encumber, dispirit, outrage, saddle, go ill with, keep down
dominate (part of speech: verb)
prohibit (part of speech: verb)
oppose (part of speech: verb)
defy, check, conflict, antagonize, confront, hinder, counterattack, object, counteract, cross, meddle, dispute, intercept, impede, obstruct, contradict, resist, interfere, repulse, oppose, fight, repress, inhibit, repel, counter, rebuff, disagree, challenge, suppress, protest
- He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose, in one of thy gates where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him." - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- 21. " Thou shalt neither vex a stranger nor oppress him." - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- When relieved of the presence of his women- kind, who were apt either to oppress him, in the person of his wife, or to puzzle him, in the persons of his daughters, Lord Grosville was not by any means without value as a talker. - "The Marriage of William Ashe", Mrs. Humphry Ward.