An example of tyranny is someone putting someone in jail for years for a small crime.
People liberated from a brutal tyranny.
An example of tyranny is a country run by a cruel dictator.
Pisistratus held the tyranny of Athens.
The tyranny of social expectations.
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 Ï„Ï…ÏÎ±Î½Î½Î¯Î± (turannia, “tyranny"), from Ï„ÏÏÎ±Î½Î½Î¿Ï‚ (turannos, “lord, master, sovereign, tyrrant").