Hailed in the West as “sheroes” for braving a repressive society, Pussy Riot has infuriated the Kremlin for months.
A movement, per President Obama, that is "ruthless, radical, and repressive."
A society that was exclusive and repressive is now freer and more open.
A dictator's corrupt and repressive rule becomes unbearable as people see that his family intends to hold power forever.
He'll be warned that by striking at the regime's repressive apparatus, he'll be risking a breakdown in regime control.
Among other repressive measures he was instructed to deprive mere housekeepers of the suffrage and limit it to freeholders.
The repressive system may check unruliness, but can never influence for good.
Nothing did so much damage to religion as the obstinate adherence to a negative, repressive, and coercive course.
But of government only as a directing and repressive power.'
Epigram breaks out the more for repressive legislation; it is like steam in an engine without a safety-valve.
repressive re·pres·sive (rĭ-prěs'ĭv)
Causing or inclined to cause repression.