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tyrannical

Line breaks: tyr¦an|nic¦al
Pronunciation: /tɪˈranɪk(ə)l
 
, tʌɪ-/

Definition of tyrannical in English:

adjective

1Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way: a tyrannical government
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.
Synonyms
1.1Characteristic of tyranny; oppressive and controlling: a momentary quieting of her tyrannical appetite
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

tyrannically

1
adverb
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.

Words that rhyme with tyrannical

botanical, Brahmanical, mechanical, puritanical, sanicle

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