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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oppressiveness - a feeling of being oppressed
depression - sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
weight - an oppressive feeling of heavy force; "bowed down by the weight of responsibility"
2.oppressiveness - unwelcome burdensome difficulty
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
ظُلْم، جَوْر، اسْتِبْداد


Unterdrückung f(of durch); (of taxes)(er)drückende Last
(fig)bedrückende Atmosphäre; (of thought)schwere Last; (of heat, climate)Schwüle f


(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.
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They writhed feverishly under the oppressiveness of an emotion thrust on them by cruel Nature's law--an emotion which they had neither expected nor desired.
There was a brooding oppressiveness in the air that seemed to bode something.
But the mystery and oppressiveness vanished after the first few seconds of waking, when I identified the missing something as the wind.
The country as a whole was really increasing in prosperity; Edward was fostering trade, and the towns and some of the town-merchants were becoming wealthy; but the oppressiveness of the feudal system, now becoming outgrown, was apparent, abuses in society and state and church were almost intolerable, and the spirit which was to create our modern age, beginning already in Italy to move toward the Renaissance, was felt in faint stirrings even so far to the North as England.
The eerie silence upon completion was a testament to the terrifying oppressiveness of the War.
In short, the oppressiveness of life in the Arab world is no longer keeping the people down.
She is representative of this generation of colleagues who found sociology in the middle of "student activism contesting the US war on Vietnam, the oppressiveness of (.
In a speech prepared for a debate with William Buckley (later published in The Presidential Papers), Mailer explains that the oppressiveness of totalitarianism is a "moral disease" (175) that in turn causes an "unspeakable illness of the psyche" (165).
De la Fuente identifies a peculiar process: Despite the stunning rise of the sugar economy and the growing oppressiveness of the Cuban plantation complex, slaves managed to formalize customary legal rights that had existed prior to the rise of plantation economy.
There is little sense of hardship, struggle or melancholy in its depiction of the Meredith household during the years following World War I and the Depression, and no clear sense of the smallness or oppressiveness of their house.
New Left radicals had connected with real struggles of working people in a manner that both advanced their cause and opened debates about the continued oppressiveness and exploitation of modern industrial capitalism.
Father rules the first half of the play with an iron list and an acid tongue, and the oppressiveness of his constant verbal abuse spreads to the very space itself.