1. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh; as, oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service; an oppressive game law.
2. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or commands.
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.
To ease the soul of one oppressive weight. --Pope.
-- Op*press*ive*ly, adv. -- Op*press*ive*ness, n.
adj 1: weighing heavily on the senses or spirit; "the atmosphere
was oppressive"; "oppressive sorrows"
2: marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the
oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical
parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights" [syn: tyrannical,