Oppression can refer to an authoritarian regime controlling its citizens via state control of politics, the monetary system, media, and the military; denying people any meaningful human or civil rights; and terrorizing the populace through harsh, unjust punishment, and a hidden network of obsequious informants reporting to a vicious secret police force.
Oppression also refers to a less overtly malicious pattern of subjugation, although in many ways this social oppression represents a particularly insidious and ruthlessly effective form of manipulation and control. In this instance, the subordination and injustices do not afflict everyone—instead it targets specific groups of people for restrictions, ridicule, and marginalization. No universally accepted term has yet emerged to describe this variety of oppression, although some scholars will parse the multiplicity of factors into a handful of categories, e.g., social (or sociocultural) oppression; institutional (or legal) oppression; and economic oppression.
To put an end to, especially with force, to crush, do away with; to prohibit, subdue.
“Political dissent was brutally suppressed.”
To restrain or repress, such as laughter or an expression.
“I struggled to suppress my smile.”
To exclude undesirable thoughts from one’s mind.
“He unconsciously suppressed his memories of abuse.”
To prevent publication.
“The government suppressed the findings of their research about the true state of the economy.”
To stop a flow or stream.
“The rescue team managed to suppress the flow of oil by blasting the drilling hole.”
“”Hot blackcurrant juice mixed with honey may suppress cough.”
To forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained.
To reduce unwanted frequencies in a signal.
To hold in place, to keep low.
To keep down by unjust force.
“The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.”
To make sad or gloomy.
“We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.”
Physically to press down on (someone) with harmful effects; to smother, crush.