The definition of a tyrant is a cruel ruler or authority figure.noun
An example of a tyrant was Joseph Stalin.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- an absolute ruler; specif., in ancient Greece, etc., one who seized sovereignty illegally; usurper
- a cruel, oppressive ruler; despot
- any person who exercises authority in an oppressive manner; cruel master
- a tyrannical influence
Origin: Middle English tirant from Old French tiran, tirant (with -t after ending -ant of present participle ) from Classical Latin tyrannus from Glassical Greek tyrannos
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- An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions.
- A ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner.
- An oppressive, harsh, arbitrary person.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, alteration of tyran, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek turannos.