1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone as tyrannical, you mean that they are severe or unfair towards the people that they have authority over.

He killed his tyrannical father with a blow to the head...

His behavior grew more unpredictable by the day, and increasingly tyrannical.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe a government or organization as tyrannical, you mean that it acts without considering the wishes of its people and treats them cruelly or unfairly.

...one of the world's most oppressive and tyrannical regimes.

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