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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 op·pres·sion /əˈprɛʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Op·pres·sion n.
 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.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]