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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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  • He had no doubt of the oppressiveness of Republican rule, and the need of shaking it off by vigorous measures.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • He got the feeling of being expected to contribute to the oppressiveness of the occasion.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
  • Jim felt the oppressiveness, and in a subtle way it rested upon his mood as something sinister.

  • For a moment the stillness seemed tangible in its oppressiveness.

  • In its times of least oppressiveness it was an enormity, if he were innocent.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • The midsummer sun was now high in the heavens, with just a little stir in the air to temper its warmth and oppressiveness.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • The kind of emotion which this examination, joined to the oppressiveness of the air, occasioned, was choking the baron.

  • There was no suggestion of oppressiveness in the air and a windsail was not necessary to keep the cabin fresh and cool.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • The Revolution, which reduced the royal prerogative, removed the oppressiveness of the royal supremacy.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • The oppressiveness of people who hold a great many things sacred, and cannot bear that they should be jested about, is very great.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for oppressiveness

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 oppressiveness

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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