- to exercise absolute power or control, especially cruelly or oppressively (often followed by over).
- to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively.
- to govern or reign as a tyrant.
- to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Also especially British, tyr·an·nise.
Origin of tyrannize
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Examples from the Web for tyrannise
Socialism is a new god, a new abstraction to tyrannise over the Ego.Egoists
When it goes plausibly in, no man can know how it will rage and tyrannise.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
He delights to tyrannise over the ducks who so often keep him company in captivity.Jungle Folk
My view is that a woman has got to keep a man in order, or he will tyrannise over her.The Eldest Son
What if our instincts lead us to tyrannise over our fellow-men?Literary and General Lectures and Essays
- (when intr, often foll by over) to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
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Word Origin and History for tyrannise
late 15c., from Middle French tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see tyranny). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing.
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