Legal Definition and Related Resources of Oppression

Meaning of Oppression

The common law misdemeanor committed by a public officer who, under color of his office , Wrongfully inflicts upon any person any bodily harm , imprisonment or other injury . Denotes an excessive use of authority . Also, unconscionable bargain , as between a creditor and a debtor wherein the creditor by reason of his superior position imposes such unconscionable obligations on the debtor that the courts will refuse to enforce the same. See Butler v Duncan, 47 Mich. 94, 10 N.W. 123.

Oppression Alternative Definition

The act of an officer in inflicting upon any person, with improper motive, any bodily harm, imprisonment, or other injury, not constituting extortion. Steph. Dig. art. 119; 4 Q. B. 475. OPTIiVIA ENIiVl EST LEGIS INTERPRES consuetude. Usage is the best interpreter of law. 2 Inst. 18; Broom, Leg. Max. (3d London Ed.) 823.

Synonyms of Oppression


  • abuse
  • abusiveness
  • brutality
  • brute force
  • coercion
  • compulsion
  • cruelty
  • despotism
  • dictatorship
  • domination
  • enslavement
  • force
  • harassment
  • harshness
  • ill treatment
  • inhumanity
  • iniuria
  • injustice
  • iron rule
  • liberticide
  • maltreatment
  • misrule
  • mistreatment
  • misuse of power
  • persecution
  • reign of terror
  • repression
  • rule of might
  • ruthlessness
  • severity
  • subjection
  • subjugation
  • suppression
  • torment
  • totalitarianism
  • tyranny
  • vexatio
  • victimization

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Oppression in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of oppression.

Meaning of Oppression in Spanish

Description/ translation of oppression into Spanish: opresión, abuso de autoridad, injusticia (“the objective of trial by jury is to protect against government oppression”); oppressive incarceration: privación de libertad con abuso de autoridad[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where oppression belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Oppression published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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