of or characteristic of a tyrant.
unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
Origin of tyrannical
1530–40;Related formsty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverbty·ran·ni·cal·ness, nounnon·ty·ran·nic, adjectivenon·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjectivenon·ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverbnon·ty·ran·ni·cal·ness, nounpre·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjectivequa·si-ty·ran·ni·cal, adjectivequa·si-ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverbun·ty·ran·nic, adjectiveun·ty·ran·ni·cal, adjectiveun·ty·ran·ni·cal·ly, adverb
< Latin tyrannic(us
) (< Greek tyrannikós,
equivalent to týrann(os
+ -ikos -ic
) + -al1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for tyrannically
Historical Examples of tyrannically
They loved him tyrannically, on the condition that he should conform to all their prejudices.
It was in the nights, of course, that retrospect most tyrannically had its way.
For the next fortnight she took Oscar to walk daily, and watched him tyrannically.
Unfortunately, or luckily, no language is tyrannically consistent.
Indeed, he had dealt with them very harshly and tyrannically.
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannically
Derived Formstyrannically, adverbtyrannicalness, noun
characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
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Word Origin and History for tyrannically
1530s; see tyranny + -ical. Tyrannic was used in this sense from late 15c.
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