Op*press" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Oppressed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Oppressing.] [F. oppresser, LL. oppressare, fr. L. oppressus, p. p. of opprimere; ob (see Ob-) + premere to press. See Press.]


To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty.


For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down. Shak.

Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress Thy chosen ! Milton.


To ravish; to violate.




To put down; to crush out; to suppress.


The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. Shak.


To produce a sensation of weight in (some part of the body); as, my lungs are oppressed by the damp air; excess of food oppresses the stomach



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