But Russia kept getting bigger, mostly by killing, oppressing, and annoying Russians.
What matters for them is less the oppression itself than the nature of the entity doing the oppressing.
Hitherto, every form of society has been based on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.
It had oppressed him before, and now again it was oppressing him.
He was in a state of sin, and perhaps it was the weight of this transgression which was oppressing his heart.
He was an efficient assistant of the latter, and co-operated with him in oppressing the other boys.
His policy now was to conciliate the people instead of oppressing them.
Phil explained that Pietro was the padrone's nephew and assisted in oppressing the boys.
By such means, and by taxing and oppressing the English people in every possible way, the Red King became very rich.
And they turned eagerly to the very autocrats who had been oppressing them.
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.