oppressive

[uh-pres-iv]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. oppositional disorder,
  2. oppositionist,
  3. oppress,
  4. oppressed,
  5. oppression,
  6. oppressively,
  7. oppressor,
  8. opprobrious,
  9. opprobrium,
  10. oppugn

Origin of oppressive

1620–30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for oppressively

oppressive

adjective

cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
heavy, constricting, or depressing
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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