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The offense, committed by a public official, of wrongfully inflicting injury, such as bodily harm or imprisonment, upon another individual under color of office.

Oppression, which is a misdemeanor, is committed through any act of cruelty, severity, unlawful exaction, or excessive use of authority.


noun abuse, abusiveness, brutality, brute force, coercion, compulsion, cruelty, despotism, domination, enslavement, force, harassment, 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, victimization
See also: adversity, burden, coercion, compulsion, cruelty, encumbrance, extortion, force, grievance, ground, incumbrance, infliction, injustice, molestation, pressure, servitude, thrall, weight
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They too deserve a portion of our time and money to rebuild their lives, let alone discuss the real reason of ongiong opression.
In this way, the socio-political and economic consequences of decolonization have created a curious reversal: the "Oriental woman" has too-often become the "Arab woman (writer)," who now sells her story of brutal opression, followed by liberation and the realization of Western values, to the ex-colonizer.
Last month Pakistan's government agreed to restore a strict form of Islamic law in the Swat valley and neighboring areas of the northwest in a bid to take the steam out of a Taliban uprising in a move Western powers criticized who said it could result in further opression of women.