adjective \ə-ˈpre-siv\

: very cruel or unfair

: very unpleasant or uncomfortable

Full Definition of OPPRESSIVE

:  unreasonably burdensome or severe <oppressive legislation>
:  overwhelming or depressing to the spirit or senses <an oppressive climate>
op·pres·sive·ly adverb
op·pres·sive·ness noun

Examples of OPPRESSIVE

  1. The country is ruled by an oppressive regime.
  2. I think these laws are oppressive.
  3. This region suffers from oppressive heat in the summer months.
  4. The situation was extremely tense; no one said a word, and the silence was oppressive.

First Known Use of OPPRESSIVE

circa 1677


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