oppress - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] [often passive] 

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/əˈpres/
present tense
I/you/we/theyoppress
he/she/itoppresses
present participleoppressing
past tenseoppressed
past participleoppressed
  1. 1
    to treat people who are less powerful in an unfair and cruel way

    Trade unionists had been ruthlessly oppressed during the dictatorship.