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English verb: oppress

1. oppress (social) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

SamplesThe government oppresses political activists.

Synonymscrush, suppress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate

2. oppress (social) cause to suffer

SamplesJews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

Narrower (hyponym)purge

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