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ty·ran·ni·cal

 (tĭ-răn′ĭ-kəl, tī-) also ty·ran·nic (-răn′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of or relating to a tyrant or tyranny: a tyrannical government.
2. Characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic and oppressive: a tyrannical supervisor. See Synonyms at dictatorial.

ty·ran′ni·cal·ly adv.
ty·ran′ni·cal·ness n.

tyrannical

(tɪˈrænɪkəl) or

tyrannic

adj
characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
tyˈrannically adv
tyˈrannicalness n

ty•ran•ni•cal

(tɪˈræn ɪ kəl, taɪ-)

also ty•ran′nic,



adj.
1. unjustly cruel or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic.
2. of or characteristic of a tyrant.
[1530–40; < Latin tyrannic(us) (< Greek tyrannikós=týrann(os) tyrant + -ikos -ic) + -al1]
ty•ran′ni•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tyrannical - marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behaviortyrannical - marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"
domineering - tending to domineer
2.tyrannical - characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute ruletyrannical - characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"
undemocratic - not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals; "the union broke with its past undemocratic procedures"

tyrannical

tyrannical

also tyrannic
adjective
1. Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority:
2. Having and exercising complete political power and control:
Translations
إسْتِبْدادي، مُتَجَبِّر، طاغٍ
tyranský
kegyetlenzsarnoki
harîstjórnar-
tyranský
tiranski
zalimane

tyrannical

[tɪˈrænɪkəl] ADJtiránico, tirano

tyrannical

[tɪˈrænɪkəl] adjtyrannique

tyrannical

[tɪˈrænɪkəl] tyrannic [tɪˈrænɪk] adjtirannico/a

tyrant

(ˈtairənt) noun
a cruel and unjust ruler. The people suffered under foreign tyrants.
tyrannical (tiˈrӕnikəl) adjective , tyrannous (ˈtirənəs)
of or like a tyrant. a tyrannical ruler; His actions were tyrannous.
tyˈrannically, ˈtyrannously adverb
tyrannize, tyrannise (ˈti-) verb
to rule or treat (a person or people) cruelly and unjustly. He tyrannizes his family.
ˈtyranny (ˈti-) noun
an action, or the method of ruling, of a tyrant. People will always resist tyranny.
References in classic literature ?
He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be.
Nevertheless, as this young man was in the eye of the law not a man, but a thing, all these superior qualifications were subject to the control of a vulgar, narrow-minded, tyrannical master.
These oppressive enactments were the produce of the Norman Conquest, for the Saxon laws of the chase were mild and humane; while those of William, enthusiastically attached to the exercise and its rights, were to the last degree tyrannical.
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or body," says he, "there can be no liberty, because apprehensions may arise lest THE SAME monarch or senate should ENACT tyrannical laws to EXECUTE them in a tyrannical manner.
And one of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Machiavel, had the confidence to put in writing, almost in plain terms, That the Christian faith, had given up good men, in prey to those that are tyrannical and unjust.
The last act was a triumph for the hero, poor and of the masses, the representative of the audience, over the villain and the rich man, his pockets stuffed with bonds, his heart packed with tyrannical purposes, imperturbable amid suffering.
And the different forms of government make laws democratical, aristocratical, tyrannical, with a view to their several interests; and these laws, which are made by them for their own interests, are the justice which they deliver to their subjects, and him who transgresses them they punish as a breaker of the law, and unjust.
Tom answered, he could in duty refuse him nothing; but as for that tyrannical rascal, he would never make him any other answer than with a cudgel, with which he hoped soon to be able to pay him for all his barbarities.
He certainly was to blame occasionally for the asperity of his manners, and the arbitrary nature of his measures, yet much that is exceptionable in this part of his conduct may be traced to rigid notions of duty acquired in that tyrannical school, a ship of war, and to the construction given by his companions to the orders of Mr.
The passion that held Strickland in bondage was no less tyrannical than love.
As they had first landed, they had suffered the first transports of the bassa's passion, who was a violent, tyrannical man, and would have killed his own brother for the least advantage--a temper which made him fly into the utmost rage at seeing us poor, tattered, and almost naked; he treated us with the most opprobrious language, and threatened to cut off our heads.
Attempts of this kind would not often be made with levity or rashness, because they could seldom be made without danger to the authors, unless in cases of a tyrannical exercise of the federal authority.