verb (used without object)
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)
to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Also, especially British, tyrannise.
Origin: 1485–95; Related forms
< French tyranniser
< Late Latin tyrannizāre,
equivalent to tyrann
+ -izāre -ize
outtyrannize, verb (used with object), outtyrannized, outtyrannizing.