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Lord of the Flies
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  • The silence of the forest was more oppressive than the heat, and at this hour of the day there was not even the whine of insects.
  • The silence grew oppressive and Piggy held his breath.

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as in: oppressive government Define
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.")
as in: oppressive heat Define
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
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