Tyranny meaning

tĭrə-nē
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Unjust or oppressive governmental power.
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Oppressive and unjust government; despotism.
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Tyranny is defined as severe or harsh treatment.

An example of tyranny is someone putting someone in jail for years for a small crime.

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A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.

People liberated from a brutal tyranny.

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The definition of tyranny is a government or ruler with total power.

An example of tyranny is a country run by a cruel dictator.

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Very cruel and unjust use of power or authority.
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The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.

Pisistratus held the tyranny of Athens.

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The office, authority, government, or jurisdiction of a tyrant, or absolute ruler.
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Harshness; rigor; severity.
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A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power.
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A tyrannical act.
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Absolute power, or its use.
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An oppressive or harshly limiting condition.

The tyranny of social expectations.

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The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
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Origin of tyranny

  • Middle English tyrannie from Old French from Late Latin tyrannia from Greek turanniā from turannos tyrant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, tyrania, from Ancient Greek τυραννία (turannia, “tyranny"), from τύραννος (turannos, “lord, master, sovereign, tyrrant").

    From Wiktionary