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Multiple Meanings
oppress — as in:  oppressive government

The regime oppresses its people.
to dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government")

or:

to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
oppress — as in:  oppressive heat

The heat is oppressive.
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
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