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1. The killing of a tyrant or despot.
2. One who kills a tyrant or despot.

[Greek turannos, tyrant + -cide.]

ty·ran′ni·ci′dal (-sīd′l) adj.


1. the killing of a tyrant
2. a person who kills a tyrant
tyˌranniˈcidal adj


(tɪˈræn əˌsaɪd, taɪ-)

1. the act of killing a tyrant.
2. a person who kills a tyrant.
[1640–50; < Latin tyrrannicīdium (definition 1), tyrannicīda (definition 2). See tyrant, -i- -cide]
ty•ran`ni•cid′al, adj.


1. the killing of a tyrant.
2. the killer of a tyrant. — tyrannicidal, adj.
See also: Killing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tyrannicide - killing a tyranttyrannicide - killing a tyrant      
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being


[tɪˈrænɪsaɪd] N (= act) → tiranicidio m; (= person) → tiranicida mf
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