The systematic, socially supported mistreatment and exploitation of a group, category, or team of people by anyone.
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Famous quotes containing the words oppression and/or social:
“Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesnt stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armbandit creeps up insidiously ... step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realises that it is gone.”
—Baron Lane (b. 1918)
“Becoming more flexible, open-minded, having a capacity to deal with change is a good thing. But it is far from the whole story. Grandparents, in the absence of the social institutions that once demanded civilized behavior, have their work cut out for them. Our grandchildren are hungry for our love and approval, but also for standards being set.”
—Eda Le Shan (20th century)