tyrannize

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verb tyr·an·nize \ˈtir-ə-ˌnīz\

Definition of tyrannize

tyrannized

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tyrannizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to exercise arbitrary oppressive power or severity <some ways the living tyrannize over the dying — Thomas Powers>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to treat tyrannically :  oppress <a regime that tyrannizes its citizens>

tyrannizer

noun

Examples of tyrannize in a sentence

  1. a government that tyrannizes its own people

15th Century

First Known Use of tyrannize

15th century


TYRANNIZE Defined for English Language Learners

tyrannize

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verb tyr·an·nize \ˈtir-ə-ˌnīz\

Definition of tyrannize for English Language Learners

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



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