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tyranny

[tir-uh-nee]
noun, plural tyrannies.
1.
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship.
2.
the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
3.
a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
4.
oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
5.
undue severity or harshness.
6.
a cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical action.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English tyrannie < Old French < Medieval Latin tyrannia, equivalent to Latin tyrann(us) tyrant + -ia -y3

pretyranny, noun, plural pretyrannies.
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tyranny (ˈtɪrənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  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.  a political unit ruled by a tyrant
5.  (esp in ancient Greece) government by a usurper
6.  a tyrannical act
 
[C14: from Old French tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannustyrant]
 
'tyrannous
 
adj
 
'tyrannously
 
adv
 
'tyrannousness
 
n

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tyranny
c.1368, "cruel or unjust use of power," from O.Fr. tyrannie (13c.), from L.L. tyrannia "tyranny," from Gk. tyrannia "rule of a tyrant," from tyrannos "master" (see tyrant). Tyrannize is first attested 1494, from M.Fr. tyranniser (14c.); tyrannical was formed 1538 (tyrannic
was used in this sense from 1491).
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