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tyrant

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noun ty·rant \ˈtī-rənt\

Simple Definition of tyrant

  • : a ruler who has complete power over a country and who is cruel and unfair

  • : someone who uses power in a cruel and unfair way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tyrant

  1. 1a :  an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitutionb :  a usurper of sovereignty

  2. 2a :  a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutallyb :  one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power

Examples of tyrant in a sentence

  1. Our boss is a real tyrant.

  2. <the people universally feared the tyrant, who was notorious for his frequent use of torture>



Origin and Etymology of tyrant

Middle English tyraunt, from Anglo-French tyran, tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek tyrannos


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with tyrant


TYRANT Defined for Kids

tyrant

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noun ty·rant \ˈtī-rənt\

Definition of tyrant for Students

  1. 1 :  a ruler who has no legal limits on his or her power

  2. 2 :  a ruler who exercises total power harshly and cruelly

  3. 3 :  a person who uses authority or power harshly <My boss is a real tyrant.>





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