tyrannize

[tir-uh-nahyz]
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:
1485–95; < French tyranniser < Late Latin tyrannizāre, equivalent to tyrann(us) tyrant + -izāre -ize

tyrannizer, noun
tyrannizingly, adverb
outtyrannize, verb (used with object), outtyrannized, outtyrannizing.
untyrannized, adjective
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tyrannize or tyrannise (ˈtɪrəˌnaɪz)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by over)
to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
 
tyrannise or tyrannise
 
vb
 
'tyrannizer or tyrannise
 
n
 
'tyranniser or tyrannise
 
n

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They need to know how governments sometimes oppress their own citizens and tyrannize other peoples.
But the ability to be armed is basically a check on government tendency to tyrannize.
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