Definition of tyrant
1a : an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitutionb : a usurper of sovereignty
2a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutallyb : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power
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
In their eyes, India is a tyrant occupier, ruling with the might of the gun.
The Boss Baby *** Who needs a movie about a tyrannical infant - or an infantile tyrant?
Star Fox(R) 64 (Nintendo(R) 64, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): Players take the controls of their Arwing and complete 15 missions to reach the final objective: a showdown on Venom, the home planet of the interplanetary tyrant, Andross.
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Origin and Etymology of tyrant
Middle English tyraunt, from Anglo-French tyran, tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek tyrannos
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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
TYRANT Defined for Kids
Definition of tyrant for Students
1 : a ruler who has no legal limits on his or her power
2 : a ruler who exercises total power harshly and cruelly
3 : a person who uses authority or power harshly My boss is a real tyrant.
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