tyrannical

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

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Definition of tyrannical

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

tyrannically

play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

tyrannicalness

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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

Origin and Etymology of tyrannical

Latin tyrannicus, from Greek tyrannikos, from tyrannos tyrant


First Known Use: 15th century


TYRANNICAL Defined for English Language Learners

tyrannical

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

Definition of tyrannical for English Language Learners

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


TYRANNICAL Defined for Kids

tyrannical

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

Definition of tyrannical for Students

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



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