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

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