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oppress
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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  • Sibyl felt oppressed.
  • The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the dusty gilt horns of the straggling woodbine, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive.

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  • The heat was terribly oppressive, and the huge sunlight flamed like a monstrous dahlia with petals of yellow fire.

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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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