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[tir-uh-nahyz] /ˈtɪr əˌnaɪz/
verb (used without object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
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.
verb (used with object), tyrannized, tyrannizing.
to rule or govern tyrannically; treat oppressively.
Also, especially British, tyrannise.
Origin of tyrannize
1485-95; < French tyranniser < Late Latin tyrannizāre, equivalent to tyrann(us) tyrant + -izāre -ize
Related forms
tyrannizer, noun
tyrannizingly, adverb
outtyrannize, verb (used with object), outtyrannized, outtyrannizing.
untyrannized, adjective Unabridged
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  • She will tyrannize over you, just as her mother does over the old man.

  • They pet and tyrannize over Daisy by turns, and she is getting spoilt.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • And never (“hardly ever”) has monopoly been able to recover its chance to tyrannize and rob!

    The Arena Various
  • And who does not know how ruthlessly women will tyrannize when they are let to domineer?

  • At present, the servants are set above, defy, and tyrannize over the masters.

    Church Reform Richard Carlile
  • Could we be freed from the ruffians that tyrannize over us in any way but this?

  • Does it not tyrannize over and subjugate the beloved object irresistibly?

    Pepita Ximenez Juan Valera
  • Yet he was no irresponsible minister who could tyrannize as he pleased.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • If she found them trying to tyrannize over her, she would run off as she did before.

    Sharing Her Crime May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for tyrannize


when intr, often foll by over. to rule or exercise power (over) in a cruel or oppressive manner
Derived Forms
tyrannizer, tyranniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tyrannize

late 15c., from Middle French tyranniser (14c.), from tyrannie (see tyranny). Related: Tyrannized; tyrannizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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