[ US /əˈpɹɛsɪv/ ]
[ UK /əpɹˈɛsɪv/ ]
  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
    a tyrannical parent
    oppressive laws
    tyrannous disregard of human rights
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How To Use oppressive In A Sentence

  • Whilst not sent with any malign intent, the letter was an " oppressive document".
  • Was a five-set slogging match in oppressive heat what the heart specialists would have recommended? Times, Sunday Times
  • This paradox arises either through the blocking of memory, or under oppressive regimes through torture and fear of the consequences of testifying.
  • Does she really think we can change these oppressive systems? Times, Sunday Times
  • OTOH I’ve always been fascinated by the massive blind spot in multiculti and PC discourse which refuses to acknowledge the oppressive and discriminatory elements in many non western cultures. Cheeseburger Gothic » Drop your bombs between the minarets, down Geneva way-ay-ay-aaayyy…
  • At another time it might have been a pretty journey, the hills just turning the colors of pumpkin and hay and pomegranate and the skies depthless and clear, but now everywhere one looked most of the trees had been felled for fuel and there was only a hazy, oppressive brightness refracted from the shorn hillsides. Excerpt: The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
  • And the first thing that hits you is the heat and the incredible, oppressive humidity.
  • As the autonomy of the local church kicks in (coupled with open-minded assessments of the spirit of Christ toward women), oppressive views of women in diaconal roles will increasingly get kicked out.
  • Conditions feel like a sauna, with extremely high humidity making the heat feel far more oppressive. Times, Sunday Times
  • The same oppressive atmosphere pervades the town of Soham.
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