from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Difficult to bear; burdensome: oppressive laws.
- adj. Exercising power arbitrarily and often unjustly; tyrannical.
- adj. Weighing heavily on the senses or spirit: oppressive weather. See Synonyms at burdensome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Burdensome or difficult to bear.
- adj. Tyrannical or exercising unjust power.
- adj. Weighing heavily on the spirit; intense, or overwhelming
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh
- adj. Using oppression; tyrannical.
- adj. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; creating a sense of heavy burden.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe: as, oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service.
- Given or inclined to oppression; tyrannical: as, an oppressive government.
- Heavy; overpowering; overwhelming; burdensome; causing discomfort or uneasiness: as, oppressive grief or woe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
- adj. marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior
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