oppressiveness oppressiveness

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a feeling of being oppressed
  2. (n) unwelcome burdensome difficulty

Usage(s):

  1. In the above photo, the crowd is sprayed with water, to relieve the oppressiveness of the heat.
  2. The Renaissance, modern science, the Age of Adventure, and capitalist enterprise were all revolts against the spiritual and intellectual oppressiveness of the medieval period.
  3. Author Siebel's grim little slice of life has the troubling oppressiveness of a Grant Wood painting.

News

  1. Sales of '1984' Skyrocket, but Why?

    Sales of “1984,” George Orwell’s 1949 classic novel about the oppressiveness of government overreach, have risen over 3,000 percent on Amazon since the country learned of the U.S. government surveillance programs. As of noon today, the book had jumped to 194 on the bestseller list,...        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC News

  2. Sales of Orwell's '1984' Increase as Details of NSA Scandal Emerge

    Sales of “1984,” George Orwell’s 1949 classic novel about the oppressiveness of government overreach, have risen over 3,000 percent on Amazon since the country learned of the U.S. government surveillance programs. As of noon today, the book had jumped to 194 on the bestseller list,...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC News via Yahoo! News

  3. Abigail Heyman, 70, feminist photojournalist

    NEW YORK — Abigail Heyman, a photographer whose stark portraits of women at work, at home, and at weddings gave a visual concreteness to feminist doctrine of the 1970s about the oppressiveness of traditional female roles, died May 28 at her home in Manhattan. She was 70.        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

Quotes

  1. In his letter of withdrawal, Weinberg wrote that, "given the history of the attacks on Israel and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness of other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a moral blindness for which it...
    on May 24, 2007 By: Steven Weinberg Source: Ha'aretz

  2. Sociologist Randy David said it best, yesterday: "The old values that used to mitigate the oppressiveness of feudal power-self-restraint, the value of friendship, loyalty, word of honor, etc.-are fading away. What is replacing the grip of Old World...
    on Feb 9, 2008 By: Randy David Source: Inquirer.net

Word of the Day
cursory cursory
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