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Tyrannous, 1) despotic, unjustly severe: “were he mealed with that which he corrects, then were he t.” Meas. IV, 2, 87. “fear you his t. passion more,” Wint. II, 3, 28. “let us be cleared of being t.” III, 2, 5.
2) cruel, inhuman, pitiless: “thou art as t. . . . as those whose beauties proudly make them cruel,” Sonn. 131, 1. “it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is t. to use it like a giant,” Meas. II, 2, 108. “all the thoughts that t. heart can think,” Tw. III, 1, 131. “the t. and bloody deed is done,” R3 IV, 3, 1. “that love . . . should be so t. and rough,” Rom. I, 1, 176. “lend a t. and damned light to their lord's murder,” Hml. II, 2, 482. “this t. night,” Lr. III, 4, 156. “to t. hate,” Oth. III, 3, 449. “and like the t. breathing of the north shakes all our buds from growing,” Cymb. I, 3, 36. “I knew him t.” Per. I, 2, 84.
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