AskDefine | Define oppressive

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oppressive adj
1 weighing heavily on the senses or spirit; "the atmosphere was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"
2 marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights" [syn: tyrannical, tyrannous]

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  1. Burdensome or difficult to bear.
    the oppressive tax laws made it difficult to start a small company
  2. Tyrannical or exercising unjust power.
    the oppressive land-owners kept a grip on the labourers
  3. Weighing heavily on the spirit.
    will this oppressive weather never end?



  1. Feminine plural form of oppressivo

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