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Pharaonic

[fair-ey-on-ik, far-] /ˌfɛər eɪˈɒn ɪk, ˌfær-/
adjective
1.
(sometimes lowercase) of or like a Pharaoh:
living in Pharaonic splendor.
2.
(usually lowercase) impressively or overwhelmingly large, luxurious, etc.:
a construction project of pharaonic proportions.
3.
(lowercase) cruelly oppressive; tyrannical:
pharaonic tax laws.
Origin of Pharaonic
1850-1855
1850-55; < Greek Pharaōn- (stem of Pharaṓ pharaoh) + -ic
Related forms
pre-Pharaonic, adjective
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