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tyr·an·ny

 (tĭr′ə-nē)
n. pl. tyr·an·nies
1. Unjust or oppressive governmental power: "He tended to see the Crown as the benign center of the empire and Parliament as the malevolent source of tyranny" (Gordon S. Wood).
2. A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power: people liberated from a brutal tyranny.
3. The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler: Pisistratus held the tyranny of Athens.
4.
a. The oppressive or unjust use of power: parental tyranny.
b. A tyrannical act: refused to submit to her husband's tyrannies.
5. An oppressive or harshly limiting condition: the tyranny of social expectations.

[Middle English tyrannie, from Old French, from Late Latin tyrannia, from Greek turanniā, from turannos, tyrant.]
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tyranny

(ˈtɪrənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. government by a tyrant or tyrants; despotism
b. similarly oppressive and unjust government by more than one person
2. arbitrary, unreasonable, or despotic behaviour or use of authority: the teacher's tyranny.
3. any harsh discipline or oppression: the tyranny of the clock.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political unit ruled by a tyrant
5. (Historical Terms) (esp in ancient Greece) government by a usurper
6. a tyrannical act
[C14: from Old French tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannus tyrant]
ˈtyrannous adj
ˈtyrannously adv
ˈtyrannousness n
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tyr•an•ny

(ˈtɪr ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. the government or rule of a tyrant.
3. a state ruled by a tyrant.
4. oppressive or unjust government.
5. undue severity or harshness.
6. a tyrannical act.
[1325–75; < Old French < Medieval Latin tyrannia= Latin tyrann(us) tyrant + -ia -y3]
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tyranny

A form of government in which a single ruler holds absolute power.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tyranny - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)tyranny - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
autocracy, autarchy - a political system governed by a single individual
police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
2.tyranny - dominance through threat of punishment and violencetyranny - dominance through threat of punishment and violence
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance, control - the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
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tyranny

noun oppression, cruelty, dictatorship, authoritarianism, reign of terror, despotism, autocracy, absolutism, coercion, high-handedness, harsh discipline, unreasonableness, imperiousness, peremptoriness I'm the sole victim of her tyranny.
understanding, democracy, ease, mercy, relaxation, tolerance, leniency, laxity, liberality
Quotations
"Tyranny is always better organised than freedom" [Charles Péguy Basic Verities]
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

tyranny

noun
1. A government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives:
2. Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly:
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Translations
حُكْم الطُّغْيان، حُكْم إسْتِبدادي
tyranie
tyranni
türannia
tiranija
zsarnokság
harîstjórn
tyrania
tiranijaтиранија

tyranny

[ˈtɪrənɪ] N (lit, fig) → tiranía f
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tyranny

[ˈtɪrəni] ntyrannie f
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tyranny

n (lit, fig)Tyrannei f, → Tyrannenherrschaft f; he ruled by tyrannyer führte eine Tyrannenherrschaft
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tyranny

[ˈtɪrənɪ] ntirannia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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References in classic literature ?
But they will continue to go to other cities and attract mobs, and hire voices fair and loud and persuasive, and draw the cities over to tyrannies and democracies.
Philip, who was now on the throne of Macedon, soon provoked by his tyrannies, fresh combinations among the Greeks.
India can not trample down the democratic right of Kashmiris for plebiscite through tyrannies and atrocities.
Writing about the American experience and experimentation with tyranny in a democracy, Sean Illing said 'democracies give way to tyrannies when mob passion overwhelms political wisdom and a populist autocrat seizes the masses.' Nigeria is witnessing just that with the current frenzy to please a potentate salivating for absolute powers.
In the same vein, the Muslim Brotherhood, in the revolutions of the 'Arab Spring' in general, is probably somewhere in the middle between the advocates of getting rid of all tyrannies and isolation, and the advocates of only substituting them, be they radical Islamic groups or nationalists.
there was no place to the tyrannies and the dictators and the Libyan people cannot stand but just the oppressed people and supporting them in their struggle to retrieve their dignity and human rights and freedom.
The totalitarian tyrannies of the twentieth century collapsed because their single solutions promised liberty but failed to provide it.
More importantly, he believes she would "chip away" at "aggressive tactics taken in the War on Terror" that have kept us safe and would appoint judges who would "rule out of order any and all aggressive efforts at terrorism prevention." Most importantly, he believes that she would put a stop to Bush's "aggressive foreign policy" in which we take the fight to terrorists and rogue states and try to replace Muslim tyrannies with democracy, regardless of whether the plan seems to be working or not.