What does oppressive mean?

Definitions for oppressiveəˈprɛs ɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oppressive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppressive(adj)

    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

    "the atmosphere was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"

  2. oppressive, tyrannical, tyrannous(adj)

    marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

    "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"

GCIDE

  1. Oppressive(a.)

    Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; creating a sense of heavy burden; as, oppressive grief or woe; oppressive heat or humidity; an oppressive workload.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. oppressif.]

Wiktionary

  1. oppressive(Adjective)

    Burdensome or difficult to bear.

    The oppressive tax laws made it difficult to start a small company.

  2. oppressive(Adjective)

    Tyrannical or exercising unjust power.

    The oppressive land-owners kept a grip on the labourers.

  3. oppressive(Adjective)

    Weighing heavily on the spirit; intense, or overwhelming

    Will the oppressive heat of summer never end?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppressive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppressive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Massimo Bottura:

    So in another way in your mind you feel tradition is oppressive... it's so difficult to be creative with such a heavy heritage.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    I think that what had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts.

  3. Ryan Mauro:

    Islamic State wants to redefine feminism by characterizing Western society as oppressive towards women, they choose to highlight women to show that their ideology treats women fairly as equals in jihad.

  4. James Russell Lowell:

    We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.'

  5. H.L. Mencken:

    The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

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