KJV Dictionary Definition: oppress
OPPRESS', v.t. L. appressus, from opprimo; ob and premo, to press.
1. To load or burden with unreasonable impositions; to treat with unjust severity, rigor or hardship; as, to oppress a nation with taxes or contributions; to oppress one by compelling him to perform unreasonable service.
2. To overpower; to overburden; as, to be oppressed with grief.
3. to sit or lie heavy on; as, excess of good oppresses the stomach.
OPPRESS'ED, pp. burdened with unreasonable impositions; overpowered; overburdened; depressed.
OPPRESS'ING, ppr. Overburdening.
1. The act of oppressing; the imposition of unreasonable burdens, either in taxes or services; cruelty; severity.
2. The state of being oppressed or overburdened; misery.
the Lord - saw the oppression of Israel. 2Kings. 8.
3. Hardship; calamity.
4. Depression; dullness of spirits; lassitude of body.
5. A sense of heaviness or weight in the breast, &c.
1. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe; as oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service.
2. Tyrannical; as an oppressive government.
3. Heavy; overpowering; overwhelming; as oppressive grief or woe.
OPPRESS'IVELY, adv. In a manner to oppress; with unreasonable severity.
OPPRESS'IVENESS, n. The quality of being oppressive.