oppressive

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English

Etymology

oppress +‎ -ive

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /əˈpɹɛs.ɪv/

Adjective

oppressive (comparative more oppressive, superlative most oppressive)

  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; intense, or overwhelming
    Will the oppressive heat of summer never end?
  4. Hot and humid of the weather.

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Translations


French

Adjective

oppressive

  1. feminine singular of oppressif

Italian

Adjective

oppressive

  1. feminine plural of oppressivo