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or (especially British) tyrannise

[tir-uh-nahyz] /ˈtɪr əˌnaɪz/
verb (used without object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
to govern or reign as a tyrant.
verb (used with object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Origin of tyrannize
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 Unabridged
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  • Yet he was no irresponsible minister who could tyrannize as he pleased.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • They pet and tyrannize over Daisy by turns, and she is getting spoilt.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • And if the strongest force be organized labor, are you sure that organized labor will not exploit and tyrannize?

  • And never (“hardly ever”) has monopoly been able to recover its chance to tyrannize and rob!

    The Arena Various
  • And who does not know how ruthlessly women will tyrannize when they are let to domineer?

  • Does it not tyrannize over and subjugate the beloved object irresistibly?

    Pepita Ximenez Juan Valera
  • It displayed a very touching solicitude for the Croats, whom the Serbs would be sure to tyrannize most horribly.

  • If she found them trying to tyrannize over her, she would run off as she did before.

    Sharing Her Crime May Agnes Fleming
  • Phil's otherwiseness was always difficult to keep in bounds; it must not tyrannize these pages.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannize


when intr, often foll by over. to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
Derived Forms
tyrannizer, tyranniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tyrannize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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