Oppressive 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or commands. [1913 Webster]

3. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; creating a sense of heavy burden; as, oppressive grief or woe; oppressive heat or humidity; an oppressive workload. [1913 Webster +PJC]

To ease the soul of one oppressive weight. --Pope. [1913 Webster] -- {Op*press"ive*ly}, adv. -- {Op*press"ive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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