Op*pres"sion (?), n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.]
The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny.
"The multitude of oppressions
Job xxxv. 9.
A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude; as, an oppression of spirits; an oppression of the lungs.
There gentlee Sleep
First found me, and with soft oppression seized
My drowsed sense.
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