- 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
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Examples from the Web for oppressively
They were on the lawn taking the cool of the evening after an oppressively hot day.Mistress Wilding
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
- cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
- heavy, constricting, or depressing
Word Origin and History for oppressively
1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper