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Týrranous. adj. [from tyrant.] Tyrannical; despotick; arbitrary; severe; cruel; imperious. Not in use.

It is strange to see the unmanlike cruelty of mankind, who, not content with their tyrannous ambition, to have brought the others virtuous patience under them, think their masterhood nothing without doing injury to them. Sidney.

Lately grown into a loathing and detestation of the unjust and tyrannous rule of Harold an usurper. Spenser.

Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father,
And, like the tyrannous breathing of the north,
Shakes all our buds from blowing.

Subjection to his empire tyrannous. Milton.

            'Tis excellent
To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.

Fear you his tyrannous passion more, alas!
Than the queen's life.

After the death of this tyrannous and ambitious king, these writings came abroad. Temple.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39) · Milton, John (449) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Temple, William (54) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

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