Op·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Oppressed p. pr. & vb. n. Oppressing.]
1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty.
For thee, oppressèd king, am I cast down. --Shak.
Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress
Thy chosen! --Milton.
2. To ravish; to violate. [Obs.]
3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. [Obs.]
The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. --Shak.
4. To produce a sensation of weight in (some part of the body); as, my lungs are oppressed by the damp air; excess of food oppresses the stomach.
v 1: come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority;
"The government oppresses political activists" [syn: suppress,
2: cause to suffer; "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet
Union" [syn: persecute]