tyrannical, severe, harsh, heavy, overwhelming, cruel, brutal, authoritarian, unjust, repressive, Draconian, autocratic, inhuman, dictatorial, coercive, imperious, domineering, overbearing, burdensome, despotic, high-handed, peremptory, overweening, tyrannous
stifling, close, heavy, sticky, overpowering, suffocating, stuffy, humid, torrid, sultry, airless, muggy
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- British English: oppressive ADJECTIVE
If you describe a society, its laws, or customs as oppressive, you think they treat people cruelly and unfairly.The new laws will be just as oppressive as those they replace.
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