[ti-ran-i-kuh l, tahy-]
- of or characteristic of a tyrant.
- unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
Origin of tyrannical
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2. dictatorial; imperious, domineering.
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Examples from the Web for tyrannic
She was a widow and a man-grabber; she still had a tyrannic beauty and a greed of conquest.The Cup of Fury
She replied to his tyrannic voice with one as hard and stabbing as a gimlet.Coquette
In the third line of this rather fine poem 1656 reads 'romantic' for 'tyrannic', and Miss Guiney adopts it.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
He was trembling through fear that the Spanish government might call him to account for this tyrannic act.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
That he was pious after a fashion is most likely, but that he also practised the tyrannic cruelties of his age is undoubted.Roumania Past and Present
- characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
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Word Origin and History for tyrannic
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