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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oppress \Op*press"\, 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. [1913 Webster] For thee, oppress[`e]d king, am I cast down. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress Thy chosen! --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To ravish; to violate. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]