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Definitions for tyranny
ˈtɪr ə nityran·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyrannynoun

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

  2. absolutism, tyranny, despotismnoun

    dominance through threat of punishment and violence

Wiktionary

  1. tyrannynoun

    A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power.

  2. tyrannynoun

    The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.

  3. tyrannynoun

    Absolute power, or its use.

  4. tyrannynoun

    Extreme severity or rigour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tyrannynoun

    the government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government

  2. Tyrannynoun

    cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster

  3. Tyrannynoun

    severity; rigor; inclemency

Freebase

  1. Tyranny

    Tyranny is the third album by the progressive metal group Shadow Gallery, released in 1998. It is the first concept album made by the band, and the story that commences on this album is continued in the album Room V.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyranny in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyranny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of tyranny in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Paine:

    This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.

  2. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables:

    Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.

  3. Felix Frankfurter:

    If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.

  4. Hunter S. Thompson:

    Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final.

  5. James Fenimore Cooper:

    It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

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