tyrannical

[ti-ran-i-kuhl, tahy-]
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of a tyrant.
2.
unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
Also, tyrannic.


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

tyrannically, adverb
tyrannicalness, noun
nontyrannic, adjective
nontyrannical, adjective
nontyrannically, adverb
nontyrannicalness, noun
pretyrannical, adjective
quasi-tyrannical, adjective
quasi-tyrannically, adverb
untyrannic, adjective
untyrannical, adjective
untyrannically, adverb


2. dictatorial; imperious, domineering.
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tyrannical or tyrannic (tɪˈrænɪkəl, tɪˈrænɪk)
 
adj
characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
 
tyrannic or tyrannic
 
adj
 
ty'rannically or tyrannic
 
adv
 
ty'rannicalness or tyrannic
 
n

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Example sentences
Bush would never have allowed this tyrannical country to develop the bomb.
He was arrogant and influential, tyrannical and abusive.
Only benevolent governments can fix it by imposing tyrannical mandates to stop
  the people from behaving irresponsibly.
There is no law against being an obnoxious tyrannical boss, even though
  thousands of employees probably have fantasized about one.
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