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əˈprɛs ɪvop·pres·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppressiveadjective

    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

    "the atmosphere was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"

  2. oppressive, tyrannical, tyrannousadjective

    marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

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

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  1. Oppressiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. oppressif.]

Wiktionary

  1. oppressiveadjective

    Burdensome or difficult to bear.

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

  2. oppressiveadjective

    Tyrannical or exercising unjust power.

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

  3. oppressiveadjective

    Weighing heavily on the spirit; intense, or overwhelming

    Will the oppressive heat of summer never end?

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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

Examples of oppressive in a Sentence

  1. Clive Staples Lewis:

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    There are always two kinds of people in every country: Progressives and reactionaries; wise people and ignorant; democrats and fascists; libertarians and oppressive. All struggles happen between these two parties. If you are in the first group, your greatest reward will be dignity and victory!

  3. Chad Wolf:

    This administration talks a lot about asylees and needing to protect individuals that are being persecuted, and I think of all the countries we see, at least in this hemisphere, except for maybe Venezuela, Cuba is probably the most oppressive government we have, so the question is why are they not allowing folks from Cuba to resettle in the U.S. like they are folks from Guatemala when the asylum claim from Cuba is likely greater.

  4. 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.

  5. Lauren Greenfield:

    One of the insights I took from this process was that the compliments we so frequently and often unconsciously bestow on girls can actually have a negative effect and even become a source of pain and disempowerment, while counterintuitive, compliments, especially the ones related to physical appearance like 'you're so cute; you're adorable,' were perceived as limiting and oppressive, making girls feel that the expectations on them were focused on their appearance and not on their abilities or what was inside.

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