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
Liu Xiaobo and others who stand up against the tyrants love China and the Chinese people.
The Colonel, surely named for Kurtz of Apocalypse Now (Harrelson is similarly bald and insane), is an uninteresting tyrant who has enslaved groups of apes to fortify his base in preparation for some final, mysterious conflict.
A people with no king showed the world that life without tyranny is possible, and in fact that no tyrant walking the Earth is powerful enough to stand against a nation of truly free men.
Tyrannosaurus rex – the tyrant king lizard, prize fighter of antiquity, most apex of apex predators, and supremely fluffy destroyer of dino fans dreams.
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?
Donald Trump stood in a sea of tyrants, thugs, and dictators and joined in a bizarre group petting of a glowing white orb in Saudi Arabia.
Maybe there's another nearby tyrant in need of a kingdom home.
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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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