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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

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.

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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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