Definition of tyrannical in English:

tyrannical

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

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

adverb
More 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.

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