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  • downtrodden — 1560s, “stepped on,” from DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) + TRODDEN (Cf. trodden). Figurative use, “oppressed,” is from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • downtrodden — [adj] afflicted, abused abject, a slave to*, at one’s beck and call*, at one’s feet*, at one’s mercy*, destitute, distressed, exploited, have not, helpless, in one’s clutches*, in one’s pocket*, in one’s power*, led by the nose*, maltreated,… …   New thesaurus

  • downtrodden — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ oppressed or treated badly by people in power …   English terms dictionary

  • downtrodden — [doun′träd΄ n] adj. 1. trampled on or down 2. oppressed; subjugated; tyrannized over …   English World dictionary

  • downtrodden — [[t]da͟ʊntrɒ̱d(ə)n[/t]] ADJ People who are downtrodden are treated very badly by people with power, and do not have the ability or the energy to do anything about it. The owner is making huge profits at the expense of downtrodden peasants... His… …   English dictionary

  • Downtrodden — Downtrod Down trod , Downtrodden Down trod den, a. Trodden down; trampled down; abused by superior power. Shak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • downtrodden — downtroddenness, n. /down trod n/, adj. 1. tyrannized over; oppressed: the downtrodden plebeians of ancient Rome. 2. trodden down; trampled upon. Also, downtrod. [1560 70; DOWN1 + TRODDEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • downtrodden — down|trod|den [ˈdaunˌtrɔdn US ˌtra: ] adj downtrodden people are treated badly and without respect by people who have power over them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • downtrodden — adjective downtrodden people, workers etc are treated badly and without respect by people who have power over them …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • downtrodden — adjective thousands of downtrodden families arrived at the border, only to be turned away Syn: oppressed, subjugated, persecuted, repressed, tyrannized, crushed, enslaved, exploited, victimized, bullied; disadvantaged, underprivileged, powerless …   Thesaurus of popular words

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