- Tyranny is defined as severe or harsh treatment.
An example of tyranny is someone putting someone in jail for years for a small crime.
- The definition of tyranny is a government or ruler with total power.
An example of tyranny is a country run by a cruel dictator.
- the office, authority, government, or jurisdiction of a tyrant, or absolute ruler
- oppressive and unjust government; despotism
- very cruel and unjust use of power or authority
- harshness; rigor; severity
- a tyrannical act
Origin of tyrannyMiddle English tirannie from Old French from Medieval Latin tyrannia from Classical Greek
- Unjust or oppressive governmental power: “He tended to see the Crown as the benign center of the empire and Parliament as the malevolent source of tyranny” ( Gordon S. Wood )
- A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power: people liberated from a brutal tyranny.
- The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler: Pisistratus held the tyranny of Athens.
- a. The oppressive or unjust use of power: parental tyranny.b. A tyrannical act: refused to submit to her husband's tyrannies.
- An oppressive or harshly limiting condition: the tyranny of social expectations.
Origin of tyrannyMiddle English tyrannie from Old French from Late Latin tyrannia from Greek turanniā from turannos tyrant
From Middle English, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, tyrania, from Ancient Greek Ï„Ï…ÏÎ±Î½Î½Î¯Î± (turannia, “tyranny"), from Ï„ÏÏÎ±Î½Î½Î¿Ï‚ (turannos, “lord, master, sovereign, tyrrant").