Tyranny
Tyranny Tyr"an*ny (t[i^]r"an*n[y^]), n. [OE. tirannye, OF. tirannie, F. tyrannie; cf. It. tirannia; Gr. tyranni`a, tyranni`s, 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. [1913 Webster]

``Sir,'' would he [Seneca] say, ``an emperor mote need Be virtuous and hate tyranny.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Cruel government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster. [1913 Webster]

3. Severity; rigor; inclemency. [1913 Webster]

The tyranny of the open night's too rough For nature to endure. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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