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Definition of Oppressive


  1. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh; as, oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service; an oppressive game law.
  2. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or commands.
  3. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; as, oppressive grief or woe.

Oppressive Quotations

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
C. S. Lewis

We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels.
Henry A. Wallace

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.
Taslima Nasrin

The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
John C. Calhoun
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Oppressive Translations

oppressive in French is vexatoire
oppressive in Italian is premente
oppressive in Spanish is opresor
oppressive in Swedish is tryckande
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