1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny. “The multitude of oppressions.”
3. A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude; as, an oppression of spirits; an oppression of the lungs.
There gentle Sleep
First found me, and with soft oppression seized
My drowsed sense. --Milton.
4. Ravishment; rape. [Obs.]
n 1: the act of subjugating by cruelty; "the tyrant's oppression
of the people" [syn: subjugation]
2: the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or
authority: "after years of oppression they finally
3: a feeling of being oppressed [syn: oppressiveness]