tyr·​an·​nize | \ ˈtir-ə-ˌnīz How to pronounce tyrannize (audio) \
tyrannized; tyrannizing

Definition of tyrannize

intransitive verb

: to exercise arbitrary oppressive power or severity some ways the living tyrannize over the dying— Thomas Powers

transitive verb

: to treat tyrannically : oppress a regime that tyrannizes its citizens

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tyrannizer noun

Examples of tyrannize in a Sentence

a government that tyrannizes its own people

First Known Use of tyrannize

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Tyrannize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyrannized. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tyrannize

: to use power to treat (people) in a cruel and unfair way

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