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ty·rant

 (tī′rənt)
n.
1. An extremely oppressive, unjust, or cruel ruler.
2. An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions, especially one who seized power illegally.
3. An oppressive, harsh, arbitrary person: My boss is a tyrant.

[Middle English, from Old French, alteration of tyran, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek turannos.]

tyrant

(ˈtaɪrənt)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who governs oppressively, unjustly, and arbitrarily; despot
2. any person who exercises authority in a tyrannical manner
3. anything that exercises tyrannical influence
4. (Historical Terms) (esp in ancient Greece) a ruler whose authority lacked the sanction of law or custom; usurper
[C13: from Old French tyrant, from Latin tyrannus, from Greek turannos]

ty•rant

(ˈtaɪ rənt)

n.
1. a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.
2. any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.
3. a tyrannical or compulsory influence.
4. an absolute ruler, esp. one in ancient Greece or Sicily.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin tyrannus < Greek týrannos]

tyrant

A Greek synonym for king or ruler, not necessarily denoting one who has seized power unconstitutionally or who rules oppressively.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tyrant - a cruel and oppressive dictatortyrant - a cruel and oppressive dictator  
czar - a person having great power
potentate, dictator - a ruler who is unconstrained by law
2.tyrant - in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to ittyrant - in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
3.tyrant - any person who exercises power in a cruel waytyrant - any person who exercises power in a cruel way; "his father was a tyrant"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"

tyrant

noun dictator, bully, authoritarian, Big Brother, oppressor, control freak, despot, autocrat, absolutist, martinet, slave-driver, Hitler Since 1804 the country has been mostly ruled by tyrants.
Quotations
"The hand of vengeance found the bed"
"To which the purple tyrant fled;"
"The iron hand crushed the tyrant's head,"
"And became a tyrant in his stead" [William Blake The Grey Monk]
"Tyrants seldom want pretexts" [Edmund Burke letter to a Member of the National Assembly]
"Nature has left this tincture in the blood,"
"That all men would be tyrants if they could" [Daniel Defoe The History of the Kentish Petition]
"When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,"
"And when he cried the little children died in the streets" [W.H. Auden Epitaph on a Tyrant]

tyrant

noun
1. An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
2. One who imposes or favors absolute obedience to authority:
Translations
مُسْتَبِد، ظالِم، طاغِيَه، جائِر
tyran
tyran
despotakényúrzsarnok
harîstjóri
despotiškai valdytitironastironijatironiškaitironiškai elgtis su
tirāns
tiran
tyrann

tyrant

[ˈtaɪrənt] Ntirano/a m/f

tyrant

[ˈtaɪərənt] ntyran m

tyrant

n (lit, fig)Tyrann(in) m(f)

tyrant

[ˈtaɪərnt] ntiranno

tyrant

(ˈtairənt) noun
a cruel and unjust ruler. The people suffered under foreign tyrants.
tyrannical (tiˈrӕnikəl) adjective , tyrannous (ˈtirənəs)
of or like a tyrant. a tyrannical ruler; His actions were tyrannous.
tyˈrannically, ˈtyrannously adverb
tyrannize, tyrannise (ˈti-) verb
to rule or treat (a person or people) cruelly and unjustly. He tyrannizes his family.
ˈtyranny (ˈti-) noun
an action, or the method of ruling, of a tyrant. People will always resist tyranny.
References in classic literature ?
Alas, my cruel fate condemns me to remain here till my tyrant is destroyed.
Still again both seemed yoked together, and an unseen tyrant driving them; the lean shade siding the solid rib.
The tyrant observed the whisper, and conjectured its import, though he could not hear what was said; and he inwardly strengthened himself in his determination to keep the power he possessed over his victim.
Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.
You forget you have a master here," says the tyrant.
But even if not, even if I knew certainly not, show me the neck of an aristocrat and tyrant, and still I would--"
Murdstone,' she said, shaking her finger at him, 'you were a tyrant to the simple baby, and you broke her heart.
I forgive him,'' said Cedric; ``I forgive him his descent from the tyrant Duke William.
It says nothing in blank verse about the holiness of slaying a tyrant, but it is a step in the right direction.
I grew heartily ashamed of the pleasing visions I had formed; and thought no tyrant could invent a death into which I would not run with pleasure, from such a life.
Oh, thou fierce tyrant of the realms of love, Oh, Jealousy
I gather the larkspur Over the hillside, Blown mid the chaos Of boulder and bellbine; Hating the tyrant Who made me an outcast, Who of his leisure Now spares me no moment: Drinking the mountain spring, Shading at noon-day Under the cypress My limbs from the sun glare.