- burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical: an oppressive king; oppressive laws.
- causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.: oppressive heat.
- distressing or grievous: oppressive sorrows.
Origin of oppressive
Examples from the Web for oppressive
Demographic changes are making that community less dogmatic, even through the Castro regime remains an oppressive dictatorship.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth
December 19, 2014
In other words, markets were impersonal, but that was good, because sometimes personal ties were cruel and oppressive.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
And of course there is the truly bad touch that is humiliating, oppressive and often painful.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
At this point the hot, oppressive cloud-cover was beginning to part, and the moon was rising high above the desert.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
Starting today, an Internet user in an oppressive country can swap online identities with someone in the West.Google Sends a Lifeline to Internet Users in Iran and China
October 21, 2013
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
- cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
- heavy, constricting, or depressing
Word Origin and History for oppressive
1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.