(?), 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.] 1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty. Wyclif.
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For thee, oppressd king, am I cast down.
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Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress
Thy chosen!
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2. To ravish; to violate. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. [Obs.]
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The mutiny he there hastes to oppress.
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4. 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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