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[doun-trod-n] /ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n/
tyrannized over; oppressed:
the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
trodden, down; trampled upon.
Also, downtrod.
Origin of downtrodden
1560-70; down1 + trodden
Related forms
downtroddenness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was articulating the feelings of the downtrodden across the globe.
  • It will also have a significant economic impact on a downtrodden area: creating more jobs.
  • Even viewed from a few thousand feet in the sky, these places look downtrodden.
  • Their rhetoric embraces the downtrodden but creates fear among all who disagree with them.
  • It is not the poor and downtrodden who will line up to be cloned.
  • The downtrodden town has seen better days, and the community's high school is scheduled to close at the end of the year.
  • Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society.
  • As the soundtrack for the downtrodden, the blues has blossomed in folk circles.
  • In sound films, he tended to be typecast as a henpecked husband or downtrodden office worker.
  • downtrodden teams talk all season about making their move at the region tournament and reaching the state playoffs.
British Dictionary definitions for downtrodden


subjugated; oppressed
trodden down; trampled
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Word Origin and History for downtrodden

1560s, "stepped on," from down (adv.) + trodden. Figurative use, "oppressed," is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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