oppressive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-pres'iv), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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