[syn: burdensomeness, heaviness, onerousness, oppressiveness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or
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. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a feeling of being oppressed [syn: oppression,
2: unwelcome burdensome difficulty [syn: burdensomeness,
heaviness, onerousness, oppressiveness]