Lisa Simpson, a feminist vegetarian and social activist, works tirelessly for oppressed people and has a very positive stance.
Like all oppressed minorities, I had to work harder than the other kids to achieve the things I wanted.
So much of the fear the media tries to stoke in me is fear of the oppressed underdog lashing out.
Down the hall, sitting on the floor, were his oil paintings, of garment workers, brawny and oppressed, or of fans at Ebbets Field.
In The Labyrinth of Solitude, Octavio Paz called her "the shield of the weak, the help of the oppressed."
What, then, is America's duty to the oppressed race or the small nation?
I was oppressed, grieved, sickened, at the sad presentation of humanity.
His first step was to recall Regingar of Lothringia, who was oppressed by France, to his allegiance as vassal of the empire.
But the thing that most oppressed her was to see the heart of his father so turned from the youth.
Henceforth he finds himself transformed into the defender of the oppressed.
mid-14c., from Old French opresser "oppress, afflict; torment, smother" (13c.), from Medieval Latin oppressare, frequentative of Latin opprimere "press against, press together, press down;" figuratively "crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly" (in Late Latin "to rape"), from ob "against" (see ob-) + premere "to press, push" (see press (v.1)).
It is the due [external] restraint and not the moderation of rulers that constitutes a state of liberty; as the power to oppress, though never exercised, does a state of slavery. [St. George Tucker, "View of the Constitution of the United States," 1803]Related: Oppressed; oppressing.