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oppressive

op·pres·sive

oppressive

pronunciation:
pre sihv
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: harsh, brutal, or cruel.
The heartless king was an oppressive ruler.
 
synonyms:
brutal, cruel, despotic, draconian, harsh, ironhanded, severe, tyrannical
antonyms:
humane
similar words:
hard, hardhearted, merciless, pitiless, ruthless
definition 2: extremely unpleasant; burdensome; depressing.
The weather has been oppressive this winter.
 
synonyms:
intolerable, miserable, unbearable
similar words:
burdensome, depressing, distressing, heavy, nasty, onerous, stifling, suffocating, trying, uncomfortable, unpleasant
derivations: oppressively (adv.), oppressiveness (n.)