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.
1. A 19th-century movement in painting, led by the pointillist Georges Seurat, that favored stricter and more formal techniques of composition than impressionism.
2. The doctrines and methods of a group of artists of the 19th century, based on a more strictly scientific practice of impressionist technique.
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.
A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.
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