of or characteristic of a tyrant.
unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
- Sometimes ty·ran·nic .
- ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverb
- ty·ran·ni·cal·ness, noun
- non·ty·ran·nic, adjective
- non·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjective
- non·ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverb
- non·ty·ran·ni·cal·ness, noun
- pre·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjective
- qua·si-ty·ran·ni·cal, adjective
- qua·si-ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverb
- un·ty·ran·nic, adjective
- un·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjective
- un·ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use tyrannical in a sentence
Logan, who has weathered more than a few storms during his tyrannical tenure as CEO, is better than his son at projecting order amidst undeniable chaos.‘Succession’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: Kendall Channels O.J. and Logan Wants Blood | Laura Bradley | October 18, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Ironically, its members—a group of eastern North Carolina yeomen—believed themselves to be responding to a tyrannical conspiracy against Protestant liberty, and in resistance against forced military service.The Rise and Fall of a Dangerous Political Movement in Revolutionary America | Brendan McConville | September 28, 2021 | Time
Realizing how short life is, lots of employees are opting to leave their job rather than endure the low pay or a tyrannical supervisor — or both.The Emmys weren’t wrong. Many dream of having a boss like Ted Lasso. | Michelle Singletary | September 21, 2021 | Washington Post
He has shaken up the British establishment with his radical acts of civil disobedience, aggressively pushed for change in global attitudes about homosexuality, and stood up against tyrannical world leaders – and he’s done it all from the front lines.Legendary activist gets his due in ‘Hating Peter Tatchell’ | John Paul King | June 15, 2021 | Washington Blade
It is no accident that the initial discussions about overthrowing Michigan’s so-called tyrannical governor started at a Second Amendment rally in June.Plot To Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Grew From The Militia Movement’s Toxic Mix Of Constitutional Falsehoods And Half-Truths | LGBTQ-Editor | October 13, 2020 | No Straight News
The Hunger Games franchise is already a deeply political saga, chronicling a growing rebellion against a tyrannical regime.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters | Asawin Suebsaeng | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mugabe, now 90, has remained in power ever since using increasingly tyrannical measures to maintain his regime.
Those facts, Paul said, indicated that Chairman Mao was a tyrannical monster whose people lived “in abject slavery.”The Secret to Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: His Father | W. James Antle III | September 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was just doing what she could to survive under the tyrannical reign of Tywin.Life After ‘Game of Thrones’ Death: Where to See Your Favorite Dead Characters Next | Marlow Stern | June 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He supplies a vivid picture of a tyrannical state that eradicated political opposition with chilling efficiency.
"Working men have been hit very hard by the tyrannical Budget," announces a morning paper.
These Fincastle Resolutions also included strong written opposition to English tyrannical power.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Scarborough drank more beer than he had done the day before, and was more tyrannical than ever.Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
For more than five years past war had been in the land, the struggle for freedom against a blind and tyrannical government.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
Mean and tyrannical—those who deal with her, must be tools or enemies,—I choose the latter alternative.Alone | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannical
characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
- tyrannically, adverb
- tyrannicalness, noun
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