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oppression

[uh-presh-uh n] /əˈprɛʃ ən/
noun
1.
the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
2.
an act or instance of oppressing.
3.
the state of being oppressed.
4.
the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English oppressioun < Middle French < Latin oppressiōn- (stem of oppressiō) a pressing down, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonoppression, noun
preoppression, noun
self-oppression, noun
Synonyms
1. tyranny, despotism, persecution. 3, 4. hardship, suffering.
Antonyms
1. kindness, justice.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-oppression

oppression

/əˈprɛʃən/
noun
1.
the act of subjugating by cruelty, force, etc or the state of being subjugated in this way
2.
the condition of being afflicted or tormented
3.
the condition of having something lying heavily on one's mind, imagination, etc
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Word Origin and History for pre-oppression

oppression

n.

mid-14c., "cruel or unjust use of power or authority," from Old French opression (12c.), from Latin oppressionem (nominative oppressio) "a pressing down; violence, oppression," noun of action from past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Meaning "action of weighing on someone's mind or spirits" is from late 14c.

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