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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oppression \Op*pres"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.] 1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed. [1913 Webster] 2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny. "The multitude of oppressions." --Job xxxv. 9. [1913 Webster] 3. A sense of heaviness or obstruction in the body or mind; depression; dullness; lassitude; as, an oppression of spirits; an oppression of the lungs. [1913 Webster] There gentle Sleep First found me, and with soft oppression seized My drowsed sense. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Ravishment; rape. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]