noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English tyrannie, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin tyrannia, from Latin tyrannus tyrant Date: 14th century 1. oppressive power <
every form of tyranny over the mind of man — Thomas Jefferson
; especially oppressive power exerted by government <
the tyranny of a police state
2. a. a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state b. the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant 3. a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force <
living under the tyranny of the clock — Dixon Wecter
4. a tyrannical act <
workers who had suffered tyrannies

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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