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oppressive

adjective (FEELINGS)    /əˈpres.ɪv/
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     /-li/ adverb Ruling and governingSystems of governmentHot and heatSultriness and humidity oppressiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] 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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