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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - (13 chapter version)
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oppress
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - (13 chapter version)
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  • The heat was terribly oppressive, and the huge sunlight flamed like a monstrous dahlia with petals of fire.
  • The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the black-crocketed spires of the early June hollyhocks, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive, and the dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.

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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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