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Webster 1913 Edition


Oppressive

Op-press′ive

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
oppressif
.]
1.
Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh;
as,
oppressive
taxes;
oppressive
exactions of service; an
oppressive
game law.
Macaulay.
2.
Using oppression; tyrannical;
as,
oppressive
authority or commands
.
To ease the soul of one
oppressive
weight.
Pope.
Op-press′ive-ly
,
adv.
Op-press′ive-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Oppressive

OPPRESS'IVE

, a.
1.
Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe; as oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service.
2.
Tyrannical; as an oppressive government.
3.
Heavy; overpowering; overwhelming; as oppressive grief or woe.

Definition 2023


oppressive

oppressive

English

Adjective

oppressive (comparative more oppressive, superlative most oppressive)

  1. Burdensome or difficult to bear.
    The oppressive tax laws made it difficult to start a small company.
  2. Tyrannical or exercising unjust power.
    The oppressive land-owners kept a grip on the labourers.
  3. Weighing heavily on the spirit; intense, or overwhelming
    Will the oppressive heat of summer never end?
  4. Hot and humid of the weather.

Synonyms

Translations



French

Adjective

oppressive

  1. feminine singular of oppressif

Italian

Adjective

oppressive

  1. feminine plural of oppressivo