1. To impose excessive burdens upon; to overload; hence, to treat with unjust rigor or with cruelty. For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down. (Shak) Behold the kings of the earth; how they oppress thy chosen ! (milton)
2. To ravish; to violate.
3. To put down; to crush out; to suppress. The mutiny he there hastes to oppress. (Shak)
Origin: F. Oppresser, LL. Oppressare, fr. L. Oppressus, p. P. Of opprimere; ob (see Ob-) _ premere to press. See Press.
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... presence' or a seeing/feeling that something is on top of your chest - the 'mare' in nightmare comes from a word which means "one who leaps on, oppresses or crushes" Some links: http://watarts.uwaterloo.ca/~acheyne/S_P.html http://www.dreamsnightmares.com/sleepparalysis.html http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/paralysis.html
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