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[doun-trod-n] /ˈdaʊnˌtrɒd n/
tyrannized over; oppressed:
the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome.
trampled upon.
Also, downtrod.
Origin of downtrodden
1560-70; down1 + trodden
Related forms
downtroddenness, noun Unabridged
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  • Funny combination, thata college highbrow and an humble, downtrodden tiller of the soil.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • In the first place, she was a poor, downtrodden woman; in the second, she was their broker.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Never before had a downtrodden nation worked harder to win liberty through liberation from the French yoke.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • From ind to ind of the land, the downtrodden serfs of Ireland are rising in their millions.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Still, they are downtrodden and considered infinitely inferior to men.

    Siam George B. Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for downtrodden


subjugated; oppressed
trodden down; trampled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for downtrodden

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

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