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[tir-uh-nuh s] /ˈtɪr ə nəs/
Origin of tyrannous
1485-95; < Latin tyrann(us) tyrant + -ous
Related forms
tyrannously, adverb
tyrannousness, noun
nontyrannous, adjective
nontyrannously, adverb
nontyrannousness, noun
Can be confused
tyrannous, tyrannosaur. Unabridged
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  • So, if one is in a minority, one has no claim against a tyrannous majority.
  • The governments they fight, no matter how tyrannous, do.
  • Such usurp ing and tyrannous effrontery should be hissed down by the whole state.
Word Origin and History for tyrannous

late 15c., from Latin tyrannus (see tyrant) + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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