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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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannize

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 tyrannize
v.

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

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