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Power DynamicsPlay
Use 'oppress' to describe situations where there's an imbalance of power, often involving systemic control. SlideUnder the regime, journalists were oppressed to silence dissent.
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Historical ContextPlay
'Oppress' is often used when discussing historical events of unfair treatment, like slavery or colonialism. SlidePeoples across continents were oppressed during the colonial era.
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Not Always PhysicalPlay
Oppression can be psychological, involving social pressure or discrimination, not just physical force. SlideThe regime oppressed intellectuals through censorship and social ostracization.