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oppressive (əˈprɛsɪv Pronunciation for oppressive



  1. cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
  2. heavy, constricting, or depressing

Derived Forms

opˈpressively adverb
opˈpressiveness noun

Translations for 'oppressive'

  • British English: oppressive If you describe a society, its laws, or customs as oppressive, you think they treat people cruelly and unfairly. ADJECTIVEThe new laws will be just as oppressive as those they replace.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: opressivo
  • Chinese: 压迫的压壓迫的
  • European Spanish: opresivo opresiva
  • French: oppressif oppressive
  • German: repressiv
  • Italian: oppressivo oppressiva
  • Japanese: 抑圧的な
  • Korean: 억압적인
  • Portuguese: opressivo opressiva
  • Spanish: opresivo opresiva

Example Sentences Including 'oppressive'

Brian finished his drink, then turned his thoughts to something soft and yielding, not cold and oppressive.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
That's their prerogative, isn't it, selling arms to oppressive regimes.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death
The smell in the vaulted room was oppressive - vomit, urine, stale food, alcohol, acetate upon ancient breath.
Weldon, Fay Splitting


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