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February 12, 2013 4:27PM

It means authoritarian, and usually cruel and oppressive.

The word tyrannical is a derivative of the word tyrant, which means (basically); a ruler (leader) who uses their power for oppression or in an unjust manner. To be tyrannical is actually describing that person in the act. It is used metaphorically to describe wielding authority in a way that seems unjust.

Example : "The king ruled his lands with tyrannical cruelty.

Example : "The oldest of the sisters was often tyrannical toward the younger girls."

Example : "Our employees labored under a tyrannical plant manager."