adjective \tə-ˈra-ni-kəl, tī-\

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

Full Definition of TYRANNICAL

:  being or characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny :  despotic <tyrannical rule> <a tyrannical ruler>
ty·ran·ni·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ty·ran·ni·cal·ness \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Variants of TYRANNICAL

ty·ran·ni·cal also ty·ran·nic \-nik\

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>


Latin tyrannicus, from Greek tyrannikos, from tyrannos tyrant
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TYRANNICAL


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