Definition of tyrannical in English:

tyrannical

Syllabification: ty·ran·ni·cal
Pronunciation: /təˈranikəl
 
/

adjective

  • 1Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way: her father was portrayed as tyrannical and unloving
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    • Absolutist tyrannies are far more likely than democracies to breed absolutist tyrannical resistance groups willing to do anything to fight back.
    • New Zealanders have those freedoms, which set us apart from tyrannical regimes where Governments tell people what they can and cannot do.
    • So private tyrannies become tyrannical by buying up some of the trade policies of democratic governments.
    Synonyms
    dictatorial, despotic, autocratic, oppressive, repressive, totalitarian, undemocratic, illiberal; authoritarian, high-handed, imperious, harsh, strict, iron-handed, iron-fisted, severe, cruel, brutal, ruthless
  • 1.1Characteristic of tyranny; oppressive and controlling: a momentary quieting of her tyrannical appetite
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    • Only their lack of a tradition of liberty has held them back by keeping them under the control of tyrannical governments.
    • The second is that tyrannical oppression is a paradigmatic offense against the natural order.
    • The thirteen colonies began with a defensive revolution against tyrannical oppression and they were victorious.

Derivatives

tyrannically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • Thus, Love lives in him tyrannically, in total lawlessness, resorting to violence when necessary.
  • The line between adulthood and childhood used to be tyrannically drawn.
  • This is true whether he's dealing with the tyrannically needy Louise, or the popular kids who torment them both at school.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French tyrannique, via Latin from Greek turannikos, from turannos (see tyrant).

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