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
Mason thought the president could become a tyrant as oppressive as George III.
Many observed that Trump’s behavior put him in a category with tyrants like Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong.
Shame on you, @WHO, for legitimizing brutal tyrant Mugabe, who devastated the health system of Zimbabwe & flies abroad for his health care.
In an Esquire profile, Leonard Shecter painted him as an egotistical tyrant.
But helping Chloe own some mansplaining micro-tyrant with a terrible mustache is still gratifying.
Because the framers of the constitution wanted to hold back tyrants and mobs, social media aggravate Washington gridlock.
Yesha Callahan, The Root’s deputy managing editor, is a tyrant.
In civilized societies, the law is applied equally by independent decision makers, not capriciously by mobs and 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.
Origin and Etymology of tyrant
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
man on horseback;
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