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oppressiveadjective

 us   /əˈpres·ɪv/

oppressive adjective (MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE)

Oppressive ​weather is ​hot, with a lot of ​wetness in the ​air.
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oppressiveadjective

uk   us   /əˈpres.ɪv/

oppressive adjective (CRUEL)

cruel and ​unfair: an oppressive ​government/​militaryregime

oppressive adjective (FEELINGS)

causingpeople to ​feelworried 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   us   /-li/
It was oppressively ​hot on the ​bus.
oppressiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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