Oppression Op*pres"sion, n. [F., fr. L. oppressio.] 1. The act of oppressing, or state of being oppressed. [1913 Webster]

2. That which oppresses; a hardship or injustice; cruelty; severity; tyranny. ``The multitude of oppressions.'' --Job xxxv. 9. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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.