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.

For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down. Shak.

Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress Thy chosen ! Milton.

2.

To ravish; to violate.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

3.

To put down; to crush out; to suppress.

[Obs.]

The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. Shak.

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

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