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OPPRESSOR. One who having public authority uses it unlawfully to tyrannize over another; as, if he keep him in prison until he shall do something which he is not lawfully bound to do.
     2. To charge a magistrate with being an oppressor, is therefore actionable. Stark. Sland. 185.

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Dudley came behind, with a downcast look, dreading, as well he might, to meet the indignant gaze of the people, who beheld him, their only countryman by birth, among the oppressors of his native land.
He imagined to himself vicious and unfortunate people whom he would assist by word and deed, imagined oppressors whose victims he would rescue.
The spokesman said, 'These individuals for the realization of their ambitions become voluntary tools in the hands of oppressors and act as their mouth piece whom oppressor uses to protest its interests.
The society has a responsibility to stand by them and tell them that it is not their mistake but that of the oppressor.
The ISSUE is not about hating or forgiving, it is about holding up an oppressor as a hero.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, 'The forces and brains responsible for this unbearable loss to the humanity are Indian stubbornness and unrealistic attitude, their collaborator's shameless veil for the oppressor and above all the criminal and condemnable silence of the world community.
Perhaps, the oppressor is now neoliberal managerialism, rather than medicine.
Let us feel like the oppressed, because the oppressor never admits what they did.
The BJP-led government is openly siding with the oppressor, which is a clear break from the past.
Freire (1970) also warned that this working partnership between oppressed and oppressor is only successful when initiated by the oppressed and their allies, and as the oppressed fight ".
But I don't fear from the reaction of the oppressor against you, because the bloods of Iraqis are dear on us, especially that Iraq suffers from a bitter status-quo that might be exploited against you," Sadr said, answering a question about the demonstrations taking place in different parts of Iraq nowadays.
Akec February 14, 2010 -- The little yet influential book of Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, should make a good reading for many South Sudanese during these testing times of count down to elections, if only to be reminded of its key theme: for some to be [free] is to be like oppressor.