Definition of 'oppressive'
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But the second can be a little oppressive. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But the oppressive atmosphere in his sound bunker takes its toll on his sanity. The Sun (2013)There is rather an oppressive feel to the town centre but regeneration ought to change this. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Would he rage at the world and the oppressive system that had him imprisoned? Christianity Today (2000)Rising from the oppressive regimes comes a resistance movement. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Somewhere around the middle of the book all this reflection suddenly feels oppressive. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Does she really think we can change these oppressive systems? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It would be pleasant to suppose that the underlying trends of the economy would bring down this oppressive regime. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But appealing over the heads of oppressive regimes in support of their captive populations can have a powerful catalytic effect. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He took the photograph just after a massive thunderstorm and you can almost feel how oppressive the atmosphere must have been. The Sun (2014)This is a really oppressive system. The Sun (2011)Was a five-set slogging match in oppressive heat what the heart specialists would have recommended? Times, Sunday Times (2012)Conditions feel like a sauna, with extremely high humidity making the heat feel far more oppressive. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I just found the whole atmosphere oppressive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)His is the kind of creativity that slips from inventiveness into overbearing, oppressive weirdness a little too frequently. Times, Sunday Times (2014)As one piece followed another with the minimum of chat, the introverted mood did begin to feel slightly oppressive. Times, Sunday Times (2009)On a very hot day this difference is the very reason we go to the coast, to escape oppressive heat. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The basic myth is embodied in the "classical" Western in which a hero saves " society " from oppressive villains. Critical Social Research (1990)Dublin's clammy atmosphere and its oppressive social and religious mores are a convincing backdrop to a moving drama conveyed by a master writer. Times, Sunday Times (2007)For the petite blonde just one appearance would have been something to treasure - as her childhood dreams were very nearly destroyed by the oppressive Russian society. The Sun (2008)
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Translations for 'oppressive'
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.
Definition of oppressive from the Collins English Dictionary
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