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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-pres-iv]
    • /əˈprɛs ɪv/
    • /əˈpres.ɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-pres-iv]
    • /əˈprɛs ɪv/

Definitions of oppressively word

  • adjective oppressively burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical: an oppressive king; oppressive laws. 1
  • adjective oppressively causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.: oppressive heat. 1
  • adjective oppressively distressing or grievous: oppressive sorrows. 1
  • noun oppressively In an oppressive manner. 1

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Origin of oppressively

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
1620-30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive

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Parts of speech for Oppressively


oppressively popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 68% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

oppressively usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for oppressively

adverb oppressively

  • cruelly — willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others.
  • harshly — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • tyrannically — of or characteristic of a tyrant.
  • repressively — tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.
  • despotically — of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.

Antonyms for oppressively

adverb oppressively

  • fairly — in a fair manner; justly or honestly; impartially.

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