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Tyranny meaning

tyranny - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government.
  2. 2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster.
  3. 3. Severity; rigor; inclemency.
  4. 4. Rule of a tyrant; despotism; cruelty; oppression.

tyranny - examples of usage

  1. We may be sure that he had a voice in some of the secret associations in which plans were discussed of armed resistance to the tyranny of the King. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. You felt there could be no questioning her right to the tyranny of Vere Street. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  3. Such is the simple explanation of what has been described as a piece of terrible tyranny. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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