noun ty·rant \ˈtī-rənt\

: 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

Full Definition of TYRANT

a :  an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution
b :  a usurper of sovereignty
a :  a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally
b :  one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power

Examples of TYRANT

  1. Our boss is a real tyrant.
  2. <the people universally feared the tyrant, who was notorious for his frequent use of torture>

Origin of TYRANT

Middle English tyraunt, from Anglo-French tyran, tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek tyrannos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with TYRANT

TYRANT Defined for Kids


noun ty·rant \ˈtī-rənt\

Definition of TYRANT for Kids

:  a ruler who has no legal limits on his or her power
:  a ruler who exercises total power harshly and cruelly
:  a person who uses authority or power harshly <My boss is a real tyrant.>


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