oppression


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.
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   2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty;
      severity; tyranny. "The multitude of oppressions." --Job
      xxxv. 9.
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   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.
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            There gentle Sleep
            First found me, and with soft oppression seized
            My drowsed sense.                     --Milton.
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   4. Ravishment; rape. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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