tyrannical

[ ti-ran-i-kuhl, tahy- ]
/ tɪˈræn ɪ kəl, taɪ- /

adjective

of or characteristic of a tyrant.
unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.

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Origin of tyrannical

1530–40; <Latin tyrannic(us) (<Greek tyrannikós, equivalent to týrann(os) tyrant + -ikos-ic) + -al1

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tyrannical

tyrannic (tɪˈrænɪk)

/ (tɪˈrænɪkəl) /

adjective

characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive

Derived forms of tyrannical

tyrannically, adverbtyrannicalness, noun
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