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op·pres·sive

 (ə-prĕs′ĭv)
adj.
1. Exercising power arbitrarily and often unjustly; tyrannical.
2. Difficult to cope with; causing hardship or depressed spirits: oppressive demands. See Synonyms at burdensome.
3. Hot and humid; sweltering: an oppressive heat wave.

op·pres′sive·ly adv.
op·pres′sive·ness n.

oppressive

(əˈprɛsɪv)
adj
1. cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
2. heavy, constricting, or depressing
opˈpressively adv
opˈpressiveness n

op•pres•sive

(əˈprɛs ɪv)

adj.
1. burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical.
2. causing discomfort.
3. distressing or grievous.
[1620–30; < Medieval Latin]
op•pres′sive•ly, adv.
op•pres′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.oppressive - weighing heavily on the senses or spirit; "the atmosphere was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"
heavy - marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness; "a heavy heart"; "a heavy schedule"; "heavy news"; "a heavy silence"; "heavy eyelids"
2.oppressive - marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavioroppressive - marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"
domineering - tending to domineer

oppressive

adjective
2. stifling, close, heavy, sticky, overpowering, suffocating, stuffy, humid, torrid, sultry, airless, muggy The oppressive afternoon heat had quite tired him out.
3. overwhelming, crushing, devastating, towering, intolerable, overpowering, unbearable An oppressive sense of sadness weighed upon him.

oppressive

adjective
Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
Translations
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oppressive

[əˈpresɪv] ADJ
1. (= unjust) [regime, law, system] → opresivo; [tax] → gravoso
2. (= stifling) [heat, air, atmosphere] → sofocante, agobiante; [mood, feeling, silence] → opresivo, agobiante
the little room was oppressivela pequeña habitación resultaba opresiva or agobiante

oppressive

[əˈprɛsɪv] adj
[heat] → oppressant(e)
the oppressive heat of the plains → la chaleur oppressante des plaines
[rule, ruler, system] → oppressif/ive

oppressive

adj
(= tyrannical) regime, lawsrepressiv; taxes(er)drückend
(fig)drückend; thought, moodbedrückend; heatdrückend, schwül

oppressive

[əˈprɛsɪv] adj (regime, system) → oppressivo/a (fig) (heat, thought) → opprimente

oppress

(əˈpres) verb
1. to govern cruelly. The king oppressed his people.
2. to worry or depress. The thought of leaving her oppressed me.
opˈpression (-ʃən) noun
After five years of oppression, the peasants revolted.
opˈpressive (-siv) adjective
oppressing; cruel; hard to bear. oppressive laws.
opˈpressively adverb
opˈpressiveness noun
opˈpressor noun
a ruler who oppresses his people; a tyrant.

oppressive

a. opresivo-a, sofocante, molesto-a, gravoso-a.
References in classic literature ?
These oppressive enactments were the produce of the Norman Conquest, for the Saxon laws of the chase were mild and humane; while those of William, enthusiastically attached to the exercise and its rights, were to the last degree tyrannical.
Perhaps something akin to this oppressive feeling may have weighed upon you in watching this old-fashioned family life on the banks of the Floss, which even sorrow hardly suffices to lift above the level of the tragi-comic.
The thudding sound of a machine below grew louder and more oppressive.
Her only desire now was to be rid of his oppressive presence.
Oppressive as the heat had been, it was now even more oppressive.
In this country, if the principal part be not drawn from commerce, it must fall with oppressive weight upon land.
But if the Union, as has been shown, be essential to the security of the people of America against foreign danger; if it be essential to their security against contentions and wars among the different States; if it be essential to guard them against those violent and oppressive factions which embitter the blessings of liberty, and against those military establishments which must gradually poison its very fountain; if, in a word, the Union be essential to the happiness of the people of America, is it not preposterous, to urge as an objection to a government, without which the objects of the Union cannot be attained, that such a government may derogate from the importance of the governments of the individual States?
You are right, Laurence," said Grandfather, "and it was really amazing and terrible to see what a change came over the aspect of the people the moment the English Parliament had passed this oppressive act.
Her heart beat no faster, and she looked at the half-bare hedgerows and the ploughed field with the same sense of oppressive dulness as before.
Pierre now recognized in his friend a need with which he was only too familiar, to get excited and to have arguments about extraneous matters in order to stifle thoughts that were too oppressive and too intimate.
Marriage, which was to bring guidance into worthy and imperative occupation, had not yet freed her from the gentlewoman's oppressive liberty: it had not even filled her leisure with the ruminant joy of unchecked tenderness.
Ireland, which had always been unquiet, always restless, under the oppressive hand of England, now broke out into wild rebellion.