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Meaning of TYRANNY

Pronunciation:  'tirunee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  2. [n]  dominance through threat of punishment and violence

TYRANNY is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: absolutism, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism
 See Also: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, autarchy, autocracy, control, dominance, police state



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tyr"an*ny\, n. [OE. tirannye, OF. tirannie, F.
tyrannie; cf. It. tirannia; Gr. ?, ?, L. tyrannis. See
1. 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.

         ``Sir,'' would he [Seneca] say, ``an emperor mote
         need Be virtuous and hate tyranny.''  --Chaucer.

2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a

3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.

         The tyranny of the open night's too rough For nature
         to endure.                            --Shak.