What is oppression?

  • (noun): The act of subjugating by cruelty.
    Example: "The tyrant's oppression of the people"
    Synonyms: subjugation
    See also — Additional definitions below


Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It can also be defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety.

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Bahá'í Faith In Uganda - Developing Community - Other Developments - Oppression, Violence, and Freedom
... "This was principally the result of a campaign by a number of Arab countries ... Since these countries were also by this time providers of development aid, this overt attack on the Baha'is was supported by covert moves such as linking the aid money to a particular country to the action that it took against the Baha'is ...
Marxistic - Variants - Marxist Feminism
... and ultimately unhealthy social relations between men and women, is the root of women's oppression ... Gender oppression is class oppression and women's subordination is seen as a form of class oppression which is maintained (like racism) because it serves the interests of capital and the ruling class ...
Sakkiliar - Oppression - Sakkili As A Derogatory Term
... Due to the negative connotation associated with this word coined by others, the community has chosen its name to be Arunthathiyar using Sanskritisation.basing on the text of vedic origin from a wife of a mythical Brahmin-vashishta sage of the highest order named Arundati known for her unparalleled beauty and loyalty. ...
Solidarity (Australia) - Politics - Oppression
... Solidarity claims to stand up for Muslims and Middle Eastern people against the rise in anti-Muslim racism they see as associated with the War on Terror. ...
Oppression - Resistance
... aim to oppose, analyse and counter oppression in general examples include Liberation Theology in the Christian world, and Re-evaluation Counselling in the psychotherapeutic arena ... Modern-day groups that actively oppose oppression include Ligali, a British African organization headed by civil rights activist Who Touch people Toyin Agbetu ...

More definitions of "oppression":

  • (noun): .
    Example: "The state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"

Famous quotes containing the word oppression:

    It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior.
    Antonin Artaud (1896–1948)

    Usually, when people talk about the “strength” of black women they are referring to the way in which they perceive black women coping with oppression. They ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming oppression, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955)

    What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955)