Meaning of oppressed in English:


Pronunciation /əˈprɛst/

See synonyms for oppressed


  • Subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment.

    ‘the liberation of an oppressed people’
    • ‘his sympathies were with the oppressed’
    • ‘I want to thank your web site for its untiring efforts in raising the consciousness of the oppressed.’
    • ‘The middle-class activists in attendance were told to be like Moses: people of modest means intent on liberating the oppressed who have nothing.’
    • ‘Neither does she consider herself a saviour of oppressed women.’
    • ‘A quarter-century of anger is being released by an oppressed people.’
    • ‘The theoretical perspectives cited in the book are primarily about how oppressed groups (e.g., slaves, peasants) have resisted their oppressors.’
    • ‘Fundamentally, the subordination of the oppressed nations to the major powers is rooted in economic relations.’
    • ‘Rather, like oppressed people everywhere, he draws integrity from inner resources.’
    • ‘In the Balkans these insurrections resulted in a gradual liberation of most of the oppressed peoples.’
    • ‘Everywhere in the world we see that the oppressed people take their anger out more readily on each other than on their perceived oppressor.’
    • ‘Hopes of the oppressed of a continent were pinned on it.’
    • ‘We need to give voice to the working class and the poor and oppressed of the world.’
    • ‘She had a reputation for assisting the underprivileged and the oppressed.’
    • ‘I can sympathize with the struggle of the poor and the oppressed against the rule of the wealthy and the so-called privileged.’
    • ‘Clearly, such reformist groups, with their ties to the liberal bourgeoisie, are not going to be capable of organizing the oppressed for militant battles.’
    • ‘The only argument I've heard that remains is the argument for war as a way to liberate oppressed Iraqis.’
    • ‘My hypothesis is this: to predict what the human rights community (and the media) focus on, look not at the oppressed; look instead at the party seen as the oppressor.’