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English definition of “oppressive”

oppressive

adjective (CRUEL)    /əˈpres.ɪv/
cruel and unfair: an oppressive government/military regimeRuling and governingSystems of government 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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