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Tyrannick

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Tyránnical.
Tyránnick.
n.s. [tyrannus, Latin; tyrannique, French; τυραννικὸς.] Suiting a tyrant; acting like a tyrant; cruel; despotick; imperious.

        Charge him home that affects
Tyrannic power.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

You have contriv'd to take
From Rome all season'd office, and to wind
Yourself into a power tyrannical.
Shakespeare.

Domitian had been tyrannical; and in his time many noble houses were overthrown by false accusations. Bacon.

Our sects a more tyrannick power assume,
And would for scorpions change the rods of Rome.
Rosc.

Subdue and quell, o'er all the earth,
Brute violence, and proud tyrannick pow'r.
Milton.

If the spirit of a subject be rebellious, in a prince it will be tyrannical and intolerable. Taylor.

          She hath recourse
To tears and prayers, again she feels the smart
Of a fresh wound from the tyrannick dart.
Denham.

And by the nobles, by his commons curst,
Th' oppressor rul'd tyrannick where he durst;
Stretched o'er the poor and church his iron rod,
And treats alike his vassals and his God.
Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Denham, John (75) · Dillon, Wentworth (Roscommon) (31) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

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