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1. Downpression (Noun)

English Translation



Rastafarian slang for oppression. This is derived from the Rastafarian play on words which is said to remove all the power that negative words such as “oppression” has over ones soul. Oppression is changed to downpression because oppression keeps a man down instead of lifting him up.

Example Sentences

Patois: Mi tiad adi downpression, Mi need a change
English: I’m tired of the oppression, I need a change

Related Words

Babylon , Ball head , Blessed , Bobo dread ,

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