oppress vs repress : Common Errors in English

About oppress vs repress

Dictators commonly oppress their citizens and repress dissent, butthese words don’t mean exactly the same thing. “Repress” just means"keep under control.” sometimes repression is a good thing: “During thejob interview, repress the temptation to tell Mr. Brown that he hastoilet paper stuck to his shoe.” Oppression is always bad, and impliesserious persecution.

oppress Meaning(s)

  • (v) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  • (v) cause to suffer

repress Meaning(s)

  • (v) put down by force or intimidation
  • (v) put out of one's consciousness
  • (v) block the action of
  • (v) conceal or hide

oppress in News

  • Andrew Extein, MSW: Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

    The same methods historically used by the government to imprison and pathologize homosexuality and gender variation are being used today to justify the extreme marginalization, lifetime institutionalization, and oppression of people who have violated sex laws.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

repress in News

  1. Should Snowden take Assange’s advice to head for Latin America?

    Analysis: WikiLeaker Julian Assange finds refuge in a South American country’s embassy. But the region’s repressive regimes would vex PRISM leaker Edward Snowden.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: GlobalPost

  2. Movies in Brief

    Movies in Brief The once-formidable director M. Night Shyamalan tries to regain his cred with this science-fiction thriller about a father and son (played by Will Smith and his son, Jaden) who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned by mankind. Smith plays a great general, renowned for his ability to repress all fear — of monsters, space shipwrecks, even bad sci fi. A Will Smith ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Financial Repression Making Serfs Of The Masses

    Financial repression is the technique whereby governments extract wealth from the private sector and siphon it to themselves. To the unsophisticated it is invisible. Crudely, a government makes it impossible to get a fair return for private sector capital and by doing so channels resources to itself on the cheap. A financially repressive state, led by such a government, will have an inflation ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Forbes

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