oppression

Oppression is when a person or group in a position of power controls the less powerful in cruel and unfair ways. Not cool.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. I never did and it never will.” Those words came from Frederick Douglass, a former slave who devoted his life to ending the oppression of black people at the hands of powerful white slaveowners. The Latin root means “pressed against,” and oppression feels like hands pressing your head, keeping you down. Oppression can be widespread throughout a culture, or felt by a single individual, like enduring the sun’s oppression on a hot summer day.

DEFINITIONS OF: oppression

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n the act of subjugating by cruelty

“the tyrant's oppression of the people”
Synonyms:
subjugation
Type of:
persecution
the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

n the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"

Types:
yoke
an oppressive power
Type of:
subjection, subjugation
forced submission to control by others

n a feeling of being oppressed

Synonyms:
oppressiveness
Types:
weight
an oppressive feeling of heavy force
Type of:
depression
sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
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