Tyrannize Tyr"an*nize, v. t. To subject to arbitrary, oppressive, or tyrannical treatment; to oppress. [1913 Webster]

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  • Tyrannize — Tyr an*nize (t[i^]r an*n[imac]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tyrannized} (t[i^]r an*n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tyrannizing} (t[i^]r an*n[imac] z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. tyranniser, Gr. tyranni zein to take the part of tyrants.] To act the tyrant; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tyrannize — meaning ‘to behave like a tyrant (towards)’ is used both transitively (i.e. with an object) and intransitively followed by over. Fowler (1926) rejected the transitive use but it is now the more common pattern: (transitive) • We can use it to… …   Modern English usage

  • tyrannize — index bait (harass), harass, mishandle (maltreat), mistreat, tax (overwork) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • tyrannize — late 15c., from M.Fr. tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see TYRANNY (Cf. tyranny)). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • tyrannize — (Amer.) tyr·an·nize || tɪrÉ™naɪz v. rule in a despotic manner, govern oppressively; behave like a tyrant (also tyrannise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tyrannize — (also tyrannise) ► VERB ▪ rule or treat despotically or cruelly …   English terms dictionary

  • tyrannize — [tir′ə nīz΄] vi. tyrannized, tyrannizing [MFr tyranniser < ML tyrannizare] 1. to govern as a tyrant; rule with absolute power 2. to govern or use authority harshly or cruelly; be oppressive vt. to treat tyrannically; oppress tyrannizer n …   English World dictionary

  • tyrannize — UK [ˈtɪrənaɪz] / US [ˈtɪrəˌnaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms tyrannize : present tense I/you/we/they tyrannize he/she/it tyrannizes present participle tyrannizing past tense tyrannized past participle tyrannized to use your power to treat people …   English dictionary

  • tyrannize — verb ( nized; nizing) Date: 15th century intransitive verb to exercise arbitrary oppressive power or severity < some ways the living tyrannize over the dying Thomas Powers > transitive verb to treat tyrannically ; oppress < a regime that… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tyrannize — Synonyms and related words: beat down, bend, break, break down, bring low, bring to terms, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, castrate, clamp down on, coerce, compel, conquer, cow, crush, daunt, despotize, dictate, dominate, domineer, domineer over,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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