[syn: authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannical]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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, a tyrannical prince; a tyrannical master;
tyrannical government. "A power tyrannical." --Shak.
Our sects a more tyrannic power assume. --Roscommon.
The oppressor ruled tyrannic where he durst. --Pope.
[1913 Webster] -- Ty*ran"nic*al*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the
oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical
parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights" [syn:
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" [syn: authoritarian, autocratic,
dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannical]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "tyrannical":
absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, arbitrary, aristocratic,
arrogant, autarchic, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic,
bossy, brutal, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, feudal,
grinding, harsh, heavy-handed, high-handed, imperative, imperial,
imperious, lordly, magisterial, magistral, masterful, monocratic,
oppressive, overbearing, overruling, peremptory, repressive,
roughshod, severe, strict, suppressive, tyrannous, unjust