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oppression

noun [U] uk   /əˈpreʃ.ən/ us  

oppression noun [U] (RULE)

a situation in which people are governed in an unfair and cruel way and prevented from having opportunities and freedom: Every human being has the right to freedom from oppression. War, famine and oppression have forced people in the region to flee from their homes. the oppression of women

oppression noun [U] (FEELINGS)

a feeling of being very uncomfortable and worried: Several people had experienced the same feeling of oppression when they slept in that room.
Translations of “oppression”
in Chinese (Traditional) 統治, 壓迫, 壓制…
in Russian угнетение, притеснение…
in Turkish baskı, zulüm, eziyet…
in Chinese (Simplified) 统治, 压迫, 压制…
in Polish ucisk…
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