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.

Nearby words

  1. typp,
  2. typw.,
  3. typy,
  4. tyr,
  5. tyramine,
  6. tyrannically,
  7. tyrannicide,
  8. tyrannize,
  9. tyrannosaur,
  10. tyrannosaurus

Sometimes ty·ran·nic.

Origin of tyrannical

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

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British Dictionary definitions for tyrannical

tyrannical

tyrannic (tɪˈrænɪk)

/ (tɪˈrænɪkəl) /

adjective

characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
Derived Formstyrannically, adverbtyrannicalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for tyrannical

tyrannical

adj.

1530s; see tyranny + -ical. Tyrannic was used in this sense from late 15c.

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