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Definition of oppressive:

  1. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; as, oppressive grief or woe.
  2. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh; as, oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service; an oppressive game law.
  3. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or commands.


dismal, stifling, tyrannic, heavy, confining, domineering, depressing, close, tyrannical, effortful, tyrannous, exigent, taxing, backbreaking.

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