tyrannical

  • 1 tyrannical — index brutal, cruel, dictatorial, oppressive, relentless, severe, strict, stringent, tyrannous …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 tyrannical — 1530s; see TYRANNY (Cf. tyranny) + ICAL (Cf. ical). Tyrannic was used in this sense from late 15c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 tyrannical — tyrannical, tyrannous despotic, arbitrary, *absolute, autocratic Analogous words: *dictatorial, authoritarian, magisterial: *totalitarian, authoritarian: domineering, imperious, *masterful …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 tyrannical — [adj] despotic, oppressive authoritarian, autocratic, brutal, cruel, demanding, dictatorial, domineering, harsh, heavy handed*, ironhanded*, mean, overbearing, repressive, ruthless, totalitarian, tough, unjust; concepts 537,548 …

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  • 5 tyrannical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way. DERIVATIVES tyrannically adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 tyrannical — [tə ran′i kəl, tiran′i kəl, tīran′i kəl] adj. [L tyrannicus < Gr tyrannikos] 1. of or suited to a tyrant; arbitrary; despotic 2. harsh, cruel, unjust, oppressive, etc.: Also tyrannic tyrannically adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Tyrannical — Tyrannic Ty*ran nic (?; 277), Tyrannical Ty*ran nic*al, a. [L. tyrannicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. tyrannique. See {Tyrant}.] Of or pertaining to a tyrant; suiting a tyrant; unjustly severe in government; absolute; imperious; despotic; cruel; arbitrary; as …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 tyrannical — [[t]tɪræ̱nɪk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as tyrannical, you mean that they are severe or unfair towards the people that they have authority over. He killed his tyrannical father with a blow to the head... His behavior grew more …

    English dictionary

  • 9 tyrannical — adjective 1 behaving in a cruel and unfair way towards someone you have power over: a tyrannical father 2 tyrannical rules or laws etc are based on a system in which a single ruler uses their power unfairly: the tyrannical laws relating to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 tyrannical — also tyrannic adjective Etymology: Latin tyrannicus, from Greek tyrannikos, from tyrannos tyrant Date: 15th century being or characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny ; despotic < tyrannical rule > < a tyrannical ruler > • tyrannically adverb • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 tyrannical — ty|ran|ni|cal [tıˈrænıkəl] adj behaving in a cruel and unfair way towards someone you have power over ▪ a tyrannical parent ▪ tyrannical laws …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 tyrannical — ty|ran|ni|cal [ tı rænıkl ] adjective using power in a cruel and unfair way: a harsh tyrannical husband tyrannical laws …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 tyrannical — UK [tɪˈrænɪk(ə)l] / US adjective using power in a cruel and unfair way a harsh tyrannical husband tyrannical laws …

    English dictionary

  • 14 tyrannical — tyrannically, adv. tyrannicalness, n. /ti ran i keuhl, tuy /, adj. 1. of or characteristic of a tyrant. 2. unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler. Also, tyrannic. [1530 40; < L tyrannic(us) ( < Gk… …

    Universalium

  • 15 tyrannical — adj. Tyrannical is used with these nouns: ↑regime …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 tyrannical — adjective a tyrannical government Syn: dictatorial, despotic, autocratic, oppressive, repressive, totalitarian, undemocratic, illiberal; authoritarian, high handed, imperious, harsh, strict, iron handed, iron fisted, severe, cruel, brutal …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 tyrannical — adjective a) Of, or relating to tyranny or a tyrant. b) Despotic, oppressive or authoritarian …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 tyrannical — Synonyms and related words: absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, autarchic, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, bossy, brutal, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, feudal, grinding, harsh, heavy handed, high …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 tyrannical — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dictatorial, fascistic, totalitarian, brutal, domineering, lordly; see also absolute 3 , autocratic 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. despotic, dictatorial, autocratic, ironhanded, authoritarian, high handed,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 tyrannical — adj. of or similar to a tyrant, despotic, authoritarian …

    English contemporary dictionary