ironfisted

adjective
iron·​fisted | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˈfi-stəd How to pronounce ironfisted (audio) \

Definition of ironfisted

1 : being both harsh and ruthless ironfisted methods

First Known Use of ironfisted

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ironfisted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ironfisted. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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