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oppressive

[uh-pres-iv] /əˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical:
an oppressive king; oppressive laws.
2.
causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.:
oppressive heat.
3.
distressing or grievous:
oppressive sorrows.
Origin of oppressive
1620-1630
1620-30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
nonoppressive, adjective
nonoppressively, adverb
nonoppressiveness, noun
self-oppressive, adjective
unoppressive, adjective
unoppressively, adverb
unoppressiveness, noun
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  • There the flush and bloom of newness were oppressive to the right-minded.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • If formed on equal and just principles, it can not be oppressive.

  • Not a sound disturbed the oppressive quiet, not the quiver of a twig.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • The day was sultry, and the heat, even in the dense shade of the jungle, oppressive.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • His wristbands and collar were oppressive; his voice and manner were oppressive.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for oppressive

oppressive

/əˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
2.
heavy, constricting, or depressing
Derived Forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oppressive
adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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