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English definition of “oppressive”

oppressive

adjective uk   /əˈpres.ɪv/ us  

oppressive adjective (CRUEL)

cruel and unfair: an oppressive government/military regimeRuling and governingSystems of government

oppressive adjective (FEELINGS)

causing people to feel worried and uncomfortable: an oppressive silenceCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset If the weather or heat is oppressive, it is too hot and there is no wind: We were unable to sleep because of the oppressive heat.Hot and heatSultriness and humidity
oppressively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Ruling and governingSystems of governmentHot and heatSultriness and humidity
oppressiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upsetHot and heatSultriness and humiditySultriness and humidityHot and heatLack of freedom to act
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