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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

August used to be a sad month for me. As the days went on, the thought of school starting weighed heavily upon my young frame. That, coupled with the oppressive heat and humidity of my native Washington, D.C., only seemed to heighten the misery.
Henry Rollins

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
Edmund Burke

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

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

Even in the 1950s, President Eisenhower was concerned about what he called a campaign of hatred of the U.S. in the Arab world, because of the perception on the Arab street that it supported harsh and oppressive regimes to take their oil.
Noam Chomsky
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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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