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oppress
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
oppressive government
Definition
to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
  • Mrs. Merriweather's large brown eyes always filled with tears when she considered the oppressed.
    p. 308.9
oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
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2  —1 use as in:
oppressive heat
Definition
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
  • An oppressive odor met us when we crossed the threshold, an odor I had met many times in rain-rotted gray houses where there are coal-oil lamps, water dippers, and unbleached domestic sheets.
    p. 141.3
oppressive = uncomfortable

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
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