Definition of tyranny
- every form of tyranny over the mind of man
- —Thomas Jefferson
- the tyranny of a police state
- living under the tyranny of the clock
- —Dixon Wecter
- workers who had suffered tyrannies
The refugees were fleeing tyranny.
He was dedicated to ending the tyranny of slavery.
a nation ruled by tyranny
She felt lost in the bureaucratic tyrannies of the university system.
The king sought an absolute tyranny over the colonies.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: cruel and unfair treatment by people with power over others
: a government in which all power belongs to one person : the rule or authority of a tyrant
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