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oppressive

adjective
 
 
/əˈpresɪv/
UNFAIR cruel and unfair: an oppressive government/regime Systems of governmentUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
HOT If the weather or heat is oppressive, it is too hot and there is no wind: oppressive heat Hot and heatSultriness and humiditySultriness and humidityHot and heat
NOT RELAXING not relaxing or pleasant: an oppressive silenceCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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