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tyrannize

[tir-uh-nahyz] /ˈtɪr əˌnaɪz/
verb (used without object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
1.
to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
2.
to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
3.
to govern or reign as a tyrant.
verb (used with object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
4.
to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Also, especially British, tyrannise.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; < French tyranniser < Late Latin tyrannizāre, equivalent to tyrann(us) tyrant + -izāre -ize
Related forms
tyrannizer, noun
tyrannizingly, adverb
outtyrannize, verb (used with object), outtyrannized, outtyrannizing.
untyrannized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tyrannise

tyrannize

/ˈtɪrəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by over. to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
Derived Forms
tyrannizer, tyranniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for tyrannise

tyrannize

v.

late 15c., from Middle French tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see tyranny). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing.

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