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oppressive

[uh-pres-iv] /əˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical:
an oppressive king; oppressive laws.
2.
causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.:
oppressive heat.
3.
distressing or grievous:
oppressive sorrows.
Origin of oppressive
1620-1630
1620-30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
nonoppressive, adjective
nonoppressively, adverb
nonoppressiveness, noun
self-oppressive, adjective
unoppressive, adjective
unoppressively, adverb
unoppressiveness, noun
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  • The weather was oppressively warm again on this day, and business in Ecorse was apparently not "booming."

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback Willard Glazier
  • The room was oppressively quiet, walled in by the thick sod from the storm.

  • How oppressively sultry the air had grown, spite of the raging storm which extinguished so many torches!

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He knew and felt most oppressively that everything almost was against him.

    Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson
  • Yet even the Khalifa's methods were oppressively monotonous.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • The dinner was beautifully cooked and served, and was not oppressively long.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • The chapel was very full, it seemed to him oppressively hot, and he felt the blood flushing his forehead.

    Spiritual Adventures Arthur Symons
  • The younger boys were troublesome, and the day oppressively hot.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • The weather was not oppressively warm, and the journey was said to be only about seven miles.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • It is said to be so—to be wet, woody, and oppressively malarious.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
British Dictionary definitions for oppressively

oppressive

/əˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
2.
heavy, constricting, or depressing
Derived Forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oppressively

oppressive

adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.

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