Definitions for tyrantˈtaɪ rənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ty•rantˈtaɪ rənt(n.)

  1. a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.

    Category: Government

  2. any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.

    Category: Government

  3. a tyrannical or compulsory influence.

  4. an absolute ruler, esp. one in ancient Greece or Sicily.

    Category: Government, Ancient History

Origin of tyrant:

1250–1300; ME < OF < L tyrannus < Gk týrannos

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tyrant, autocrat, despot(noun)

    a cruel and oppressive dictator

  2. tyrant(noun)

    in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it

  3. tyrant(noun)

    any person who exercises power in a cruel way

    "his father was a tyrant"

Wiktionary

  1. tyrant(Noun)

    An absolute ruler who governs without restriction.

  2. tyrant(Noun)

    A harsh and cruel ruler.

  3. tyrant(Noun)

    An oppressive, cruel and harsh person.

  4. Origin: From tirant (French tyran), from tyrannus, from τύραννος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tyrant(noun)

    an absolute ruler; a sovereign unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty

  2. Tyrant(noun)

    specifically, a monarch, or other ruler or master, who uses power to oppress his subjects; a person who exercises unlawful authority, or lawful authority in an unlawful manner; one who by taxation, injustice, or cruel punishment, or the demand of unreasonable services, imposes burdens and hardships on those under his control, which law and humanity do not authorize, or which the purposes of government do not require; a cruel master; an oppressor

  3. Tyrant(noun)

    any one of numerous species of American clamatorial birds belonging to the family Tyrannidae; -- called also tyrant bird

  4. Tyrant(verb)

    to act like a tyrant; to play the tyrant; to tyrannical

Freebase

  1. Tyrant

    A tyrant, in its modern English usage, is a ruler of a cruel and oppressive character who is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, and/or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty. The original Greek term, however, merely meant an authoritarian sovereign without reference to character, bearing no pejorative connotation during the Archaic and early Classical periods, though it was clearly a bad word to Plato, and on account of the decisive influence of political philosophy its negative connotations only increased down into the Hellenistic period, becoming synonymous with "Authenteo" - another term which carried authoritarian connotations around the turn of the first century A.D. Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as, "one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics—against his own people as well as others". During the seventh and sixth centuries BC, tyranny was often looked upon as an intermediate stage between narrow oligarchy and more democratic forms of polity. However, in the late fifth and fourth centuries, a new kind of tyrant, the military dictator, arose, specifically in Sicily.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tyrant(noun)

a cruel and unjust ruler

The people suffered under foreign tyrants.

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