tyrannical

adjective ty·ran·ni·cal \ tə-ˈra-ni-kəl , tī- \
variants: or less commonly tyrannic play \-nik\

Definition of tyrannical

:being or characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny :despotic
  • tyrannical rule
  • a tyrannical ruler

tyrannically

play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

tyrannicalness

play \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of tyrannical in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of tyrannical

Latin tyrannicus, from Greek tyrannikos, from tyrannos tyrant


TYRANNICAL Defined for English Language Learners

tyrannical

adjective

Definition of tyrannical for English Language Learners

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


TYRANNICAL Defined for Kids

tyrannical

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

Definition of tyrannical for Students

:relating to or like that of tyranny or a tyrant
  • tyrannical acts


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