oppressor oppressor  /ə ˈprɛ sər/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures

Usage(s):

  1. The Million Man March could be almost anything anyone wanted it to be, from a ritual of personal redemption to a confrontation with the white oppressor.
  2. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite white and black, oppressor and oppressed, in a way that had never been done before.
  3. They see in each other's faces a reflection of some larger oppressor.

News

  1. Wedding blues: Should toxic mom be invited?

    Hi, Carolyn:      Our 24-year-old daughter, "Mary," is getting married this August. My mother is 84, a hard-core feminist and atheist. She views religion as an oppressor of females, and hates anything to do with church. My two daughters are somewhat religious, and the groom and his family are Protestants. When I told my mother that Mary's wedding would have a pastor reading some Bible passages ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Hook

  2. Tell Me About It: He won't regret including Mom at the wedding

    Question: Our 24-year-old daughter, Mary, is getting married this August. My mother is 84, a hard-core feminist and atheist. She views religion as an oppressor of females, and hates anything to do with church. My two daughters are somewhat religious, and the groom and his family are Protestants.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. Just how bad could atheist grandma be at wedding?

    Our 24-year-old daughter, “Mary,” is getting married this August. My mother is 84, a hard-core feminist and atheist. She views religion as an oppressor of females and hates anything to do with church. My two daughters are somewhat religious, and the groom and his family are Protestants.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

Quotes

  1. As Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a...
    on Apr 21, 2004 By: Martin Luther King Source: Socialist Worker Online

  2. Blix wrote that had coalition troops not deposed Saddam, "he would, in all likelihood, have become another Kadhafi or Castro; an oppressor of his own people but no longer a threat to the world."
    on Mar 19, 2008 By: Hans Blix Source: AFP

  3. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your...
    on Jan 15, 2009 By: Desmond Tutu Source: Sowetan

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