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From Middle English tirannye, borrowed from Old French tyrannie, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, tyrania, from Ancient Greek τυραννία (turannía, “tyranny”), from τύραννος (túrannos, “lord, master, sovereign, tyrant”).
- A government in which a single ruler (a tyrant) has absolute power; this system of government.
- The office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
- Absolute power, or its use.
- 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.
- Extreme severity or rigour.
government in which a single ruler has absolute power
office or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler
absolute power, or its use
extreme severity or rigour
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- tyranny in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- tyranny in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- tyranny at OneLook Dictionary Search
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