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oppressive

[uh-pres-iv]
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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.
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Origin of oppressive

1620–30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive
Related formsop·pres·sive·ly, adverbop·pres·sive·ness, nounnon·op·pres·sive, adjectivenon·op·pres·sive·ly, adverbnon·op·pres·sive·ness, nounself-op·pres·sive, adjectiveun·op·pres·sive, adjectiveun·op·pres·sive·ly, adverbun·op·pres·sive·ness, noun
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Related Words

brutallyhardharshlyrestrictivelytyrannically

Examples from the Web for oppressively

Historical Examples

  • They were on the lawn taking the cool of the evening after an oppressively hot day.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Nevertheless, with the place crowded the atmosphere was oppressively hot.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux

  • The room was oppressively quiet, walled in by the thick sod from the storm.

  • By this time it is nearly five o'clock, and as yet oppressively warm.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Here, where the winter cold is so piercing, it is oppressively hot in summer.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin


British Dictionary definitions for oppressively

oppressive

adjective
  1. cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
  2. heavy, constricting, or depressing
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Derived Formsoppressively, adverboppressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oppressively

oppressive

adj.

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

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