- The definition of tyranny is a government or ruler with total power.
An example of tyranny is a country run by a cruel dictator.
- 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 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.