tyranny of the majority

noun phrase

: a situation in which a group of people are treated unfairly because their situation is different from the situation of most of the people in a democratic country

Examples of tyranny of the majority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon, these originalists set about corroding the constitutional edifice the good court had built to protect the vulnerable from the tyranny of the majority. Ian MacDougall, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 Critics becomes enemies, constitutional constraints become obstacles to democracy, and the tyranny of the majority becomes a virtue, not a vice. Daniel W. Drezner, Foreign Affairs, 13 Apr. 2020

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“Tyranny of the majority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyranny%20of%20the%20majority. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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