- of or characteristic of a tyrant.
- unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
Origin of tyrannical
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for tyrannical
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
November 21, 2014
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
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
June 18, 2014
He supplies a vivid picture of a tyrannical state that eradicated political opposition with chilling efficiency.Best Books About the Rest of the World
December 24, 2013
Armstrong was the de facto leader of the USPS cycling team, and he was often tyrannical and abusive.Dope on Wheels: Speed Read of 'Wheelmen' About Lance Armstrong
October 16, 2013
The most tyrannical precepts were obeyed with the greatest docility.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Truly a tyrannical son is a blessing to his father and mother!
The tyrannical man who has the misfortune also to become a public tyrant.
Yes, he said, that is the way in which the tyrannical man is generated.
Truly, then, I said, a tyrannical son is a blessing to his father and mother.
- characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for tyrannical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper