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OPPRESSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oppressive mean? 

OPPRESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective OPPRESSIVE has 2 senses:

1. weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
2. marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

  Familiarity information: OPPRESSIVE used as an adjective is rare.


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OPPRESSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1oppressive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

Context examples:

the atmosphere was oppressive / oppressive sorrows

Similar:

heavy (marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness)


Sense 2oppressive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

Synonyms:

tyrannous; oppressive; tyrannical

Context examples:

the oppressive government / oppressive laws / a tyrannical parent / tyrannous disregard of human rights

Similar:

domineering (tending to domineer)


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