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Synonyms for oppress
əˈprɛsop·press

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. oppress

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. oppress

    Synonyms:
    burden, grind, weigh down, persecute, aggrieve, maltreat, abuse, overbear, constrain

    Antonyms:
    encourage, support, patronize, assist, befriend

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppress, suppress, crushverb

    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

    "The government oppresses political activists"

    Synonyms:
    repress, bottle up, squelch, beat, stamp down, inhibit, break down, persecute, crush, suppress, vanquish, squeeze, demolish, shell, trounce, mash, conquer, squash, beat out, curb, jam, subdue, smash

  2. persecute, oppressverb

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

    Synonyms:
    suppress, persecute, crush

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. oppressverb

    Synonyms:
    overburden, crush, overwhelm, overpower, weigh heavily upon, bear hard upon

  2. oppressverb

    Synonyms:
    persecute, wrong, maltreat, treat cruelly, tyrannize over

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. oppressverb

    Synonyms:
    burden, overwhelm, aggrieve, tyrannize, persecute, overpower

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "oppress":

    repress, suppress, stifle

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How to use oppress in a sentence?

  1. Sarah Stein:

    I have never had an experience like that, but I knew that I had to speak for my people and for all people who white supremacists would wish to oppress or destroy altogether, i stood up to them for the same reason I'm standing against the scholarship at my university.

  2. Saba Farzan:

    The world community with leadership by the Obama administration has thrown human rights under the Persian rug -- literally. Democracy promotion has been sacrificed for the sake of talking endlessly to those who oppress Iranians terribly.

  3. Yagyu Munenori:

    When officials pursue personal interest and thus oppress the common people, this above all is the beginning of the end for a nation.

  4. Fisher Ames:

    ...[O]ur sages in the great [constitutional] convention... intended our government should be a republic which differs more widely from a democracy than a democracy from a despotism. The rigours of a despotism often... oppress only a few, but it is the very essence and nature of a democracy, for a faction claiming to oppress a minority, and that minority the chief owners of the property and truest lovers of their country.

  5. Brandon Williams:

    We need change in this broken system, it was built to oppress us. It was built against us. Oftentimes we see people who are supposed to protect and serve... they do the total opposite.


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