press-, presso-, pressi-, -prim-, -prin-

(Latin: push lower, bear down on or against)

misprint (s) (noun), misprints (pl)
An error in the printed copy of a text resulting from a mistake made when the text was being printed.
Nemo scit praeter me ubi soccus me pressat.
I am the only one who knows where my shoe pinches.
neoimpressionism (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. A 19th-century movement in painting: Neoimpressionism, favoring stricter and more formal techniques of composition than impressionism, was initiated mainly by the pointillist Georges Seurat in the 1880s.
2. An art movement in French paintings: Neoimpressionism used the doctrines and methods of a group of artists of the 19th century which were based on a more strictly formal practice of impressionist technique employing tiny dots of primary colors on a white background.
1. To burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: "They were oppressed by totalitarianism."
2. To lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.).
oppressive (adjective), more oppressive, most oppressive
1. Descriptive of something which is difficult to bear or very uncomfortable: Obligations and responsibilities were very oppressive for workers during the extreme heat in Jane's location.
2. Etymology: from medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, "pressed against".
Referring to being exceedingly overbearing .
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oppressively (adverb), more oppressively, most oppressively
The dermatoglyphic patter and secondary folds and creases of a palmar surface.

Palmprints have the same individual specificity as fingerprints and are often used for supplemental identification of newborns.

pollice compresso (adjective) (not comparable)
With the first thick and short digit of a person's hand folded: Interpreted to mean that if the Roman spectators wanted a losing gladiator to live, they kept their thumbs in their fists. That meant that they kept them hidden in their palms in a pollice compresso position.
press (s) (noun), presses (pl)
1. The printed media that gathers and issues news in periodicals and newspapers: The latest reports on the scandal were printed on paper with a special printing press.
2. A machine that exerts force to squeeze or to stamp something: The press that Judy used to dry and flatten out her example specimens was old but also excellent!
3. A crowd of people that are physically very close to each other: The press of school children at the bus stop was getting out of hand and one boy even fell down!
pressing (adjective); more pressing, most pressing
1. Referring to something which requires immediate attention: There were some pressing issues to be tended to, like getting new passports, before the family took off for their trip to Europe the following month!
2. Regarding something that is insistent or persistent: Despite a pressing and earnest invitation from her friend, Jane decided not to travel to Frankfurt to see her because she had other important plans which had to be tended to.
pressure (s) (noun), pressures (pl)
1. A force which is used to bear weight down on something: When Susan hurt herself badly while doing gardening, she put pressure on the wound to stop it bleeding.
2. The force which is created by the amount of liquid or gas in a container: The pressure in the sealed pot made it possible for the food to be prepared in a shorter amount of time than without such a special pot.
3. The act of persuading or threatening a person to do something: Jack put a lot of pressure on his sister so that she would not reveal his secret to his girlfriend.
4. The stress and demands a person experiences when very important issues are pending and must be done in a short time: Sometimes Mrs. Smart experienced a lot of pressure when she had to finish correcting the exams to return to the students the following day!
A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.
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