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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.

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

  2. tyrant(Noun)

    A harsh and cruel ruler.

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

  3. tyrant(Noun)

    An oppressive, cruel and harsh person.

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tyrant

    tī′rant, n. one who uses his power arbitrarily and oppressively: (orig.) an absolute monarch or irresponsible magistrate with unlimited powers or an overruling influence.—v.t. to tyrannise over.—n. Ty′ran (Spens.), a tyrant.—v.t. to play the tyrant over.—n. Tyr′anness (Spens.), a female tyrant.—adjs. Tyran′nic, -al, Tyr′annous, pertaining to or suiting a tyrant: unjustly severe: imperious: despotic.—advs. Tyran′nically, Tyr′annously.—n. Tyran′nicalness.—adj. Tyran′nicidal.—n. Tyran′nicide, the act of killing a tyrant: one who kills a tyrant.—n.pl. Tyran′nidæ, a family of Passerine birds, the typical genus Tyran′nus, the tyrant-birds or tyrant-flycatchers.—v.i. Tyr′annise, to act as a tyrant: to rule with oppressive severity.—v.t. to act the tyrant to.—adj. Tyr′annish.—n. Tyr′anny, the government or authority of a tyrant: absolute monarchy cruelly administered: oppression: cruelty: harshness. [O. Fr. tirant (Fr. tyran)—L. tyrannns—Gr. tyrannos (Doric koiranos).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tyrant

    A name given in modern times to an arbitrary and oppressive ruler, but originally applied, not necessarily to one who exercised power badly, but merely to one who had obtained it illegally, and therefore equivalent to our word usurper. If the one who thus rose to power as a “tyrant” happened to be a man of sense, and wisdom, and generosity, his “tyranny” might prove a blessing to a state torn by the animosities of selfish oligarchs, and be the theme of praise in after-ages, as was the case with the “tyrannies” of Pesistratos, Gelon, and others; but if he was insolent, rapacious, and cruel, then he sought to reduce the citizens to a worse than Egyptian bondage, and his name became infamous to all time. Such has been the fate of most of the “Thirty Tyrants of Athens.” It was the method of exercising authority pursued by these and similar usurpers that latterly, even in ancient times, gave the word tyrant that evil significance it has ever since uninterruptedly retained.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyrant in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tyrant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tyrant in a Sentence

  1. Marquis de Sade:

    What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you...every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates.

  2. Aristotle:

    The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless.

  3. Steve King:

    People don't think that much about that anymore, because how could a tyrant take over Gun Owners of America, but I can see how Barack Obama could take over Gun Owners of America, and let's hope Larry Pratt don't ever get tested and have to have Larry Pratt guns ready.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    Ukrainians can't beat the Russian army, that's not a practical proposition. There has to be a political solution, this man (Putin) has sent troops across an international border and occupied another country's territory in the 21st century acting like some mid-20th century tyrant. Civilized nations do not behave like that.

  5. Emily Brontë:

    The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.

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