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oppress

verb [T]  /əˈpres/ us  

oppress verb [T] (RULE)

to govern people in an unfair and cruel way and prevent them from having opportunities and freedom: In his speech he spoke against those who continue to oppress the poor.

oppress verb [T] (MAKE UNCOMFORTABLE)

to make a person feel uncomfortable or anxious: He's feeling oppressed by the approach of a deadline.
oppression
noun [U]  /əˈpreʃ·ən/ us  
There’s less oppression and freer speech here now.
oppressively
adverb  /əˈpres·ɪv·li/ us  
It was oppressively hot on the bus.
oppressor
noun [C]  /əˈpres·ər/ us  
They’re not the powerful oppressors that society says they are.
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