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Alternative forms[edit]


  • (General American) enPR: tĭ-rănʹĭ-kəl, tī-, IPA(key): /tɪˈɹænɪkəl/, /taɪ-/[1][2]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ænɪkəl
  • Hyphenation US: tyran‧ni‧cal, UK: tyr‧an‧nical[3]


tyrannical (comparative more tyrannical, superlative most tyrannical)

  1. (not comparable) Of, or relating to tyranny or a tyrant.
  2. (comparable) Despotic, oppressive, or authoritarian.
    a tyrannical regime
    tyrannical rulers
    • September 8 2022, Stephen Bates, “Queen Elizabeth II obituary”, in The Guardian[2]:
      She met more than a quarter of all the American presidents who have ever lived, five popes, hundreds of national leaders, from the saintly, such as Nelson Mandela, to the tyrannical, including Robert Mugabe and Nicolae Ceausescu []


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  1. 1.0 1.1 tyrannical”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  2. 2.0 2.1 tyrannical”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
  3. ^ “online hyphenation tool”, in ushuaia.pl[1] (in English), accessed 2022-06-22