- the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
- an act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.
- the state of being oppressed.
- the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.
- the act of subjugating by cruelty, force, etc or the state of being subjugated in this way
- the condition of being afflicted or tormented
- the condition of having something lying heavily on one’s mind, imagination, etc
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.