[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 tyrannically
They loved him tyrannically, on the condition that he should conform to all their prejudices.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
It was in the nights, of course, that retrospect most tyrannically had its way.The Furnace
For the next fortnight she took Oscar to walk daily, and watched him tyrannically.A Start in Life
Honore de Balzac
Unfortunately, or luckily, no language is tyrannically consistent.Language
Indeed, he had dealt with them very harshly and tyrannically.
- characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
Word Origin and History for tyrannically
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