tyr·​an·​nous | \ ˈtir-ə-nəs How to pronounce tyrannous (audio) \

Definition of tyrannous

: marked by tyranny especially : unjustly severe tyrannous new laws

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tyrannously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for tyrannous


absolute, arbitrary, autocratic (also autocratical), czarist (also tsarist), despotic, dictatorial, monocratic, tyrannical (also tyrannic)



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Examples of tyrannous in a Sentence

studied the tyrannous rule of Stalin, communist dictator of the Soviet Union my older sister is a tyrannous bore who isn't happy unless she's in charge

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The patriarchs of their respective homes, Polonius (Peter Friedman) and Claudius (Ritchie Coster) enthrone themselves on the toilet, oblivious of the tumult their tyrannous treachery has wreaked. Syringes creepily replace swords. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Who is Hamlet? Three actors make their case," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tyrannous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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