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weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

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marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

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There were times, indeed, when I thought his unceasingly agitated mind was labouring with some oppressive secret, to divulge which he struggled for the necessary courage.
The place, by the by, was very stuffy and oppressive, and the faint halitus of freshly shed blood was in the air.
This affair was a flash of spirit that might have warned the English not to venture upon any oppressive measures against their colonial brethren.
To avoid being involved in these guerillas, as well as to escape from the extremely social intercourse of the Crows, which began to be oppressive, Montero moved to the distance of several miles from their camps, and there formed a winter cantonment of huts.
unutterable wo--yes, inexorable girl, your vacillating 'yes' has rendered me the impersonation of that oppressive sentiment, of which your beauty and excellence have become the mocking reality.
Her heart beat no faster, and she looked at the half-bare hedgerows and the ploughed field with the same sense of oppressive dulness as before.
Snagsby should be ill at ease too, for he always is so, more or less, under the oppressive influence of the secret that is upon him.
When the silence grew oppressive Philip began to talk of indifferent things.
Something in him had suddenly changed; there was no longer the former poetic and mystic charm of desire, but there was pity for her feminine and childish weakness, fear at her devotion and trustfulness, and an oppressive yet joyful sense of the duty that now bound him to her forever.
Marriage, which was to bring guidance into worthy and imperative occupation, had not yet freed her from the gentlewoman's oppressive liberty: it had not even filled her leisure with the ruminant joy of unchecked tenderness.
Ojo began to think Ozma must be a very bad and oppressive Ruler for such a lovely fairyland as Oz.
Oppressive as the heat had been, it was now even more oppressive.
I do indeed feel the heat," she admitted, with a resignation which gently reproved him; "it is so heavy and oppressive here after Brighton.
The oppressive south wind, which had blown throughout the day, still prevailed at night.
Inside, the deadly dreariness, the close, oppressive solitude of a deserted dwelling wearied the eye and weighed on the mind, from the roof to the basement.