Examples of tyrant in a Sentence
Our boss is a real tyrant.
the people universally feared the tyrant, who was notorious for his frequent use of torture
Recent Examples of tyrant from the Web
Ever since, his prison experiment has been cultural shorthand for proof of the permeable line between good and evil, that in depersonalized circumstances moral authority can crumble, turning anyone temporarily into a tyrant.
Improvising about golf was easy for me.’ —Bill Murray The movie stars a stuffed-shirt WASP tyrant (Ted Knight), a playboy hedonist wastrel ( Chevy Chase ) and a nouveau riche vulgarian in Day-Glo slacks (Rodney Dangerfield).
Damage was done to Assad, a tyrant responsible for the deaths of an increasingly uncountable number of his own civilians.
No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rouge states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators.
Such observations should give pause to those who would prop up a tyrant for personal ends, and must redouble the opposition’s will to depose that ruler before the public’s capacity for thought and action alike is confounded.
Buscemi plays Del right down the middle between reluctant protector and indifferent tyrant.
Dexter Filkins has a superb tour d’horizon of how this theocratic Arab tyrant seized power over the last few years (using torture, naturally).
Although Trump has been accused of being too accommodating toward Putin, McMaster, in his speech, praised the president for standing up to tyrants.
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What makes someone a tyrant?
A glance at the comments posted in response to our definition of tyrant illustrate two things: the word has a fairly wide spectrum of meaning, and many political rulers of late (regardless of party and action) are thought by some to merit this description. The word is often now found used as a generalized term of reproach ("he was a real tyrant in the kitchen"), and also with more specific denotation ("the tyrant suspended the country’s judicial code"). The definitions we give for words match, as best as possible, the manner in which these words are used. We cannot offer judgment on whether or not any specific individual is or is not a tyrant.
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TYRANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tyrant for English Language Learners
: 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
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- My boss is a real tyrant.
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