What does the word tyrannical mean?

Usage examples for tyrannical

  1. Besides this, there are their tyrannical laws and customs. – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa
  2. The emigrants were not, on the whole, inferior to other persons of their education and calling; and were often justified in resisting the tyrannical spirit and disposition to oppress, which the habits of colonial life do not extinguish. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  3. It would seem that it must have had some great force behind it to compel such abject submission to a rule so tyrannical. – Equality by Edward Bellamy