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tyrannical

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adjective ty·ran·ni·cal \tə-ˈra-ni-kəl, tī-\

Simple Definition of tyrannical

  • : using power over people in a way that is cruel and unfair

Full Definition of tyrannical

  1. :  being or characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny :  despotic <tyrannical rule> <a tyrannical ruler>

ty·ran·ni·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ty·ran·ni·cal·ness play \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of tyrannical

  1. Everyone was afraid of their overbearing and tyrannical boss.

  2. <a tyrannical ruler whose terrible reign was marked by unceasing violence>



Variants of tyrannical

also ty·ran·nic play \-nik\

Origin of tyrannical

Latin tyrannicus, from Greek tyrannikos, from tyrannos tyrant


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with tyrannical



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