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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.")
  • The massacre of men who were fellow Christians, and of the same Slavonic race, excited sympathy for the sufferers and indignation against the oppressors.

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  • The regime oppresses its people.
  • My work environment is oppressive.

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  • "Come now, let us talk of you," she added, tossing her head, as though she would physically shake off something superfluous oppressing her.
  • But Vronsky gazed at him exactly as he did at the lamp, and the young man made a wry face, feeling that he was losing his self-possession under the oppression of this refusal to recognize him as a person.

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  • She felt her eyes opening wider and wider, her fingers and toes twitching nervously, something within oppressing her breathing, while all shapes and sounds seemed in the uncertain half-light to strike her with unaccustomed vividness.
  • Her only desire now was to be rid of his oppressive presence.
  • She is oppressed, humiliated by the consciousness of her disabilities.
  • His room was cold, but he was oppressed by heat.
  • "And I’m oppressed and humiliated that they won’t engage me at the Foundling," the old prince said again, to the huge delight of Turovtsin, who in his mirth dropped his asparagus with the thick end in the sauce.
  • By reason could I have arrived at knowing that I must love my neighbor and not oppress him?
  • And such a momentary impulse there is not, and there cannot be, in the case of the oppression of the Slavonic peoples.
  • Reason discovered the struggle for existence, and the law that requires us to oppress all who hinder the satisfaction of our desires.

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  • Twenty years ago we should have been silent, but now we have heard the voice of the Russian people, which is ready to rise as one man and ready to sacrifice itself for its oppressed brethren; that is a great step and a proof of strength.
  • Nikolay Levin went on talking: "You know that capital oppresses the laborer.

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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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