Definitions for oppressiveəˈprɛs ɪv

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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?

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. La Fontaine:

    Nothing is so oppressive as a secret; it is difficult for ladies to keep it long, and I know even in this matter a good number of men who are women.

  3. 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.

  4. Matthew VanDyke:

    It ’s designed to help local sectarian forces in local communities facing threats of terrorism, insurgency or oppressive regimes to be able to defend themselves.

  5. Roland Barthes:

    Language is legislation, speech is its code. We do not see the power which is in speech because we forget that all speech is a classification, and that all classifications are oppressive.

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