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oppressive

adjective uk   /əˈpres.ɪv/ us  

oppressive adjective (CRUEL)

cruel and unfair: an oppressive government/military regime

oppressive adjective (FEELINGS)

causing people to feel worried and uncomfortable: an oppressive silence 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.
oppressively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
It was oppressively hot on the bus.
oppressiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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