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Pronunciation:  u'presiv

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  1. [adj]  marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"
  2. [adj]  weighing heavily on the senses or spirit; "the atmosphere was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"

OPPRESSIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: domineering, heavy, tyrannical, tyrannous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Op*press"ive\, a. [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

3. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; as, oppressive
   grief or woe.

         To ease the soul of one oppressive weight. --Pope.
   -- {Op*press"ive*ly}, adv. -- {Op*press"ive*ness}, n.

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