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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: oppresser, from Latin oppressus, past participle of opprimere 'to press against'

oppress

verb
     
op‧press [transitive often passive]
1 to treat a group of people unfairly or cruelly, and prevent them from having the same rights that other people in society have:
native tribes oppressed by the authorities
2 to make someone feel unhappy, worried, or uncomfortable:
The gloom in the chapel oppressed her.

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