One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an oppressive dictatorship’
harsh, cruel, brutal, repressive, crushing, tyrannical, tyrannous, iron-fisted, domineering, autocratic, dictatorial, undemocratic, anti-democratic, despotic, draconian, punitive
ruthless, relentless, merciless, pitiless, severe, inexorable
unjust, unfair, undemocratic
2‘an oppressive sense of despair’
overwhelming, overpowering, hard to bear, unbearable, burdensome, unendurable, intolerable, heavy
3‘the day was grey and oppressive’
muggy, close, heavy, hot, humid, sticky, steamy, soupy, fuggy, airless, stuffy, stifling, suffocating, sultry, torrid
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