Some, I knew, were already going off to plan the resistance against the American oppressors.
For in this part of Turkey their mother-tongue is the language of their oppressors—the badge of servitude.
They are the oppressors of Egypt, but the lions of the desert are not more courageous.
At the tribunal of liberty the crimes of the oppressors of the human race stand to be judged.
The oppressors of the parson had been the oppressors of the squire.
As for my people, their oppressors have stripped them, and women have ruled over them.
And in due time this will be the lot of our adversaries and of the oppressors of the Church.
The natives in turn hate their oppressors, and when the chance comes betray them or leave them to perish in sickness and misery.
Cry but once with us: 'Woe to the oppressors of the people!'
Commit your cause in meekness (forgiving your oppressors) to God, and your sentence shall come back from Him laughing.
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.