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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-pres]
    • /əˈprɛs/
    • /əˈpres/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-pres]
    • /əˈprɛs/

Definitions of oppressing word

  • verb with object oppressing to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism. 1
  • verb with object oppressing to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.): Care and sorrow oppressed them. 1
  • verb with object oppressing to weigh down, as sleep or weariness does. 1
  • verb with object oppressing Archaic. to put down; subdue or suppress. 1
  • verb with object oppressing Archaic. to press upon or against; crush. 1
  • noun oppressing Present participle of oppress. 1

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Origin of oppressing

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English oppressen < Middle French oppresser < Medieval Latin oppressāre, derivative of Latin oppressus past participle of opprimere to squeeze, suffocate, equivalent to op- op- + -primere (combining form of premere) to press1

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Parts of speech for Oppressing


oppressing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

oppressing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oppressing

adjective oppressing

  • dire — causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible: a dire calamity.

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