A tyrannical ruler is a ruler who is not afraid to use violence or force to get what he or she wants. They often rule without the consent of the people, and they can be very cruel.

  • The dictator was a tyrannical ruler who used violence to get his way.

  • The ruler was tyrannical in the way that he treated the people under his rule.

Definition of tyrannical


characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty


authoritarian, autocratic, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannic


marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior


oppressive, tyrannous

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Example Sentences for tyrannical

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    The King tyrannized the citizens.

  • 2

    The president is tyrannizing the citizens.

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    The term now implies tyrannical rule.

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    The tyrannical man is the son of the democratic man.

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    At first, I took it as a prank to tyrannize me.

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    People are sick and tired of the king tyrannizes them.

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    The barbarians in the area find Tarnum to be cruel and tyrannical.

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    The residents of the ruling Capitol tyrannize the hardscrabble provincials.

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    They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

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    Presently it's being craftily implemented to tyrannize and have dominance.