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Webster 1913 Edition


Tyranny

Tyr′an-ny

(tĭr′an-ny̆)
,
Noun.
[OE.
tirannye
, OF.
tirannie
, F.
tyrannie
; cf. It.
tirannia
; Gr.
τυραννία
,
τυραννίς
, L.
tyrannis
. See
Tyrant
.]
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.
“Sir,” would he [Seneca] say, “an emperor mote need
Be virtuous and hate
tyranny
.”
Chaucer.
2.
Cruel government or discipline;
as, the
tyranny
of a schoolmaster
.
3.
Severity; rigor; inclemency.
The
tyranny
of the open night’s too rough
For nature to endure.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Tyranny

TYR'ANNY

,
Noun.
1.
Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty and oppression.
2.
Cruel government or discipline; as the tyranny of a master.
3.
Unresisted and cruel power.
4.
Absolute monarchy cruelly administered.
5.
Severity; rigor; inclemency.
The tyranny o' th' open night.

Definition 2022


tyranny

tyranny

English

Noun

tyranny (countable and uncountable, plural tyrannies)

  1. A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power; this system of government.
  2. The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
  3. Absolute power, or its use.
  4. A system of government in which power is exercised on behalf of the ruler or ruling class, without regard to the wishes of the governed.
  5. Extreme severity or rigour.

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