- Oppression Op*pres"sion, n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.]
1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed.
There gentle Sleep First found me, and with soft oppression seized My drowsed sense. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
4. Ravishment; rape. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.