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 (tĭ-răn′ĭ-kəl, tī-) also ty·ran·nic (-răn′ĭk)
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.
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(tɪˈrænɪkəl) or


characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
tyˈrannically adv
tyˈrannicalness n
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(tɪˈræn ɪ kəl, taɪ-)

also ty•ran′nic,

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.
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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"
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also tyrannic
1. Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority:
2. Having and exercising complete political power and control:
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[tɪˈrænɪkəl] ADJtiránico, tirano
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[tɪˈrænɪkəl] adjtyrannique
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[tɪˈrænɪkəl] tyrannic [tɪˈrænɪk] adjtirannico/a
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(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.
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