oppression etymology

English word oppression comes from Latin opprimo, and later Latin oppressio (Oppression, overthrow, suppression. Pressing down.)

Detailed word origin of oppression

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
opprimo Latin (lat) (figurative) I crush, put down. I capture. I press down upon; I suppress.. I take by surprise.
oppressio Latin (lat) Oppression, overthrow, suppression. Pressing down.
oppression Old French (fro)
oppression Middle English (enm)
oppression English (eng) A feeling of being oppressed.. The act of oppressing, or the state of being oppressed.. The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.