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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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  • Tom’s reflections grew oppressive.
  • The boys talked little, and only under their breath, for the time and the place and the pervading solemnity and silence oppressed their spirits.

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  • There was a brooding oppressiveness in the air that seemed to bode something.
  • He tried to get Becky to talk, but her sorrows were too oppressive, all her hopes were gone.
  • The boys began to quiet down to whispers, now, for the stillness and gloom of the place oppressed their spirits.
  • …itself; for the county; for the State; for the State officers; for the United States; for the churches of the United States; for Congress; for the President; for the officers of the Government; for poor sailors, tossed by stormy seas; for the oppressed millions groaning under the heel of European monarchies and Oriental despotisms; for such as have the light and the good tidings, and yet have not eyes to see nor ears to hear withal; for the heathen in the far islands of the sea; and…

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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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