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Meaning & Definition of Tyrannical in English

English

Tyrannical

/tərænɪkəl/

adjective

1. Marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

  • "The oppressive government"
  • "Oppressive laws"
  • "A tyrannical parent"
  • "Tyrannous disregard of human rights"
    synonym:
  • oppressive
  • ,
  • tyrannical
  • ,
  • tyrannous

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • authoritarian
  • ,
  • autocratic
  • ,
  • dictatorial
  • ,
  • despotic
  • ,
  • tyrannic
  • ,
  • tyrannical

Examples of using

He liked to blame most of his faults and misfortunes of his life on a tyrannical father.