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oppressive (adj.)

1640s, "unreasonably or unjustly burdensome," from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere "press against, press together, press down;" figuratively "crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly" (see oppress). Sense of "inclined to oppress, tyrannical" is from 1712; that of "heavy, overwhelming" (of grief, woe, heat, etc.) is by 1712. Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.

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Definitions of oppressive

oppressive (adj.)
weighing heavily on the senses or spirit;
oppressive sorrows
the atmosphere was oppressive
oppressive (adj.)
marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior;
the oppressive government
oppressive laws
Synonyms: tyrannical / tyrannous
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