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tyrannical Syllabification: ty·ran·ni·cal
Pronunciation: /təˈranək(ə)l/

Definition of tyrannical in English:


1Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way: her father was portrayed as tyrannical and unloving
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.


Pronunciation: /təˈranək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with tyrannical

botanical, Brahmanical, mechanical, puritanical, sanicle
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