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"Esperanza" is a noun which is often translated as "hope", and "opresión" is a noun which is often translated as "oppression". Learn more about the difference between "esperanza" and "opresión" below.
esperanza(
ehs
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peh
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rahn
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sah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (desire)
a. hope
Han perdido toda esperanza de encontrarlos con vida.They have lost all hope of finding them alive.
2. (something or someone that gives hope)
a. hope
La cirugía es la única esperanza que nos queda.Surgery is the only hope we have left.
Tú eres nuestra última esperanza de ganar.You're our last hope of winning.
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opresión(
oh
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preh
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (domination)
a. oppression
Después de muchos años de subyugación, el pueblo se rebeló contra la opresión de la dictadura.After many years of subjugation, the people rebelled against the oppression of the dictatorship.
2. (constriction)
a. tightness
El doctor le dijo a Diego que esa opresión que siente en el pecho puede ser asma.The doctor told Diego that the tightness he feels in his chest may be asthma.
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