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1.

1. Dominating harshly: Imposing a harsh or cruel form of domination.

2. Highly stressful: Exerting a worrying, troubling, or burdensome pressure on somebody.

3. Stifling: So hot and humid as to make people feel tired, irritable, or sluggish.
An oppressive regime.
by Jafje March 31, 2007