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tyrannical

[ti-ran-i-kuh l, tahy-] /tɪˈræn ɪ kəl, taɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of a tyrant.
2.
unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic:
a tyrannical ruler.
Also, tyrannic.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin tyrannic(us) (< Greek tyrannikós, equivalent to týrann(os) tyrant + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
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
Synonyms
2. dictatorial; imperious, domineering.
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British Dictionary definitions for untyrannic

tyrannical

/tɪˈrænɪkəl/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or relating to a tyrant or to tyranny; oppressive
Derived Forms
tyrannically, adverb
tyrannicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untyrannic

tyrannical

adj.

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

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